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Asylum Life; Or, The Advantages Of A Disadvantage
This poem appeared in The Opal. It captures a very positive attitude toward life in the New York State Asylum. What factors could influence the tone of the poem? What could shape the voice found here? Who is the audience? It is very difficult to reconcile the vision presented here and the one outlined in Astounding Disclosures!
I have no care for copper or coin,
I have walks to take, and news to read,
When ill, we have nurses; kind they be,
Though sad, we may wait till brighter we grow,
And Love may abide, defended by prayer,