Hidden Meanings in Common Images

Shocking situations can cause one to find uncommon meanings in common items. Throughout Stag’s Leap, a collection of poems written by Sharon Olds following her divorce from her husband, the reader finds just such uncommon meanings. For instance, in “While He Told Me,” a poem in one long verse paragraph and divided into three sections, the speaker laments that her marriage was not meant to last and tries to find a single image to describe her emotionally fraught situation.