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As I Walked Out One Evening, W.H. Auden, 1937

Auden, Wystan Hugh. "As I Walked Out One Evening." Collected Poems, edited by Edward Mendelson, Vintage, 1976.

What is the primary effect of the repetition of "Stare, stare" (line 39), "look, look" (line 49), and "stand, stand" (line 53)?


It indicates that people are powerless to stop time.


It indicates that people, despite great effort, are ultimately unable to love.


It indicates that people, though flawed, must still make the effort to love.


It indicates that people must stop acting in order to better understand reality.


It indicates that people have to embrace suffering in order to be self-aware.

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