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Long Distance
Structure
4 even stanzas with regular alternate rhyme. This suggests that although his
mother was dead, his Dad still continues with the usual routines as if she is alive.
The rhyming pattern changes for the last stanza so that it is a b b a, which
implies that…

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He gets a `new' phone book deliberately as if to completely forget his parents,
but he still writes in their telephone number.
The title `Long Distance' is referring to the `disconnected number' he still calls. It
is as if he is trying to make a long distance phone call into…

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