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The relationship between language and content in this poem is cited.

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First of all, the title word "retirement" gives a clue that something is over--finished. The first line of the poem "...his final day" strengthens the word retirement. However, we have a contrast between lines 2 and 3: a gold-sky morning sounds like something good, but immediately the "Garden of Agony train" tells us that the retiree is not happy; in fact, to him, it is as if he ...

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