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Persona of the narrator in Housman's "Farewell to Barn and Stack and Tree"

If you look at any printing of this poem, for example, in A Shropshire Lad (1896), p. 13, you’ll see that each stanza starts with an open quotation mark, but only the last stanza ends with a close ...
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Is it an error to identify the narrator of "Ozymandias" with the author?

tl;dr The narrator of "Ozymandias" is not reducible to the poet. Yes, like a stand-up act, a lyric utterance is performance art. And yes, in "Ozymandias" as in all lyric poetry, ...
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