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Then, voice cracking, he said: "It is 18 Sundays since he went," a whole world of feeling quaveringly captured in that filial statement of fact.
Simonetta, quaveringly intoned by soprano Daniela Dessi, dies absurdly early.
While the "inhospitable strand" may resemble Crusoe's island, not least in that Crusoe is "strand[ed]" there, Ashbery also alludes to Bishop's "One Art," which recommends--in a tone just as quaveringly authoritative as Ashbery's, though slightly more ambivalent--that in order to learn to lose properly one might start by "Accep[ting] the fluster / of lost door keys" (178) as preparation for the more dramatic gesture of deliberately losing things.