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Human Nature in Maxine Kumins Woodchucks Maxines Kumins Woodchucks is a literal description a sort of woodchuck hunt in her garden Through further examination of her words one can sense her suggestions about human nature With her use of tone the reader can observe a change in her demeanor from stanza to stanza In the poem the author is pestered by woodchucks that are eating and destroying her garden At first she attempts to kill them by purchasing cyanide gas This attempt fails and the woodchucks continue to ruin her plants She then resorts to shooting the woodchucks one by one with a rifle The first stanza sets the story for the reader The poem jumps right into the scenario with the first line Gassing the woodchucks didnt turn out right Kumin says the knockout bomb that she purchased was featured as merciful quick at the bone line 4 This implies that she hoped the gas would be a quick and easy solution to her woodchuck problem The final line in the stanza indicates that the first attempt was a failure Even though she was able to create an airtight seal on both exits of the underground tunnels the gas was ineffective because the woodchucks had a sub-sub basement out of range line 6 The author uses repetition of the word sub to emphasize how the woodchucks den was deep enough to be out of the range of the gas The tone in the first stanza is more neutral than anything else It is a straight forward description of what is happening The second stanza describes how the problems still persists and the woodchucks are back at work on her garden once again This is evident in lines 10 12 They brought down the marigolds and then took over the vegetable patch nipping the broccoli shoots beheading the carrots The verb beheading is a peculiar word to use Maybe in a literal sense the
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