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Meter in Protest

Meter Examples in Protest:

Text of the Poem

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"Call this the land of freedom..."   (Text of the Poem)

Notice that this last line is also the shortest line in the poem. The missing syllables leave the reader with a sense of incompleteness that mimics the very desire for action and change that has been Wilcox’ subject. Just as the reader waits for the end of the line, Wilcox waits for her conditions to be met, for her protest to be heard, and for the land to truly become free.

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