Two english discussion

Two english discussion

Discussion ONE

After last week’s reading of a rather lengthy play, this week’s reading will seem very short. After you have read “My Pappa’s Waltz” and “Those Winter Sundays,” please respond to one or more of the following questions. Please remember that a complete and thoughtful post is necessary to receive maximum points every week, as is a response to a minimum of one other student post during the week.

Potential Discussion Topics:

How are these two poems similar?

Are they different in any important ways? If so, explain your reasons in detail.

Are the two narrators’ memories and recollections the same or different? If so, explain in what ways.

What key words in each poem affect our understanding of what the narrators are trying to communicate?

Discuss these words and how precisely they affect our understanding of the poem?

What happens if we misunderstand these words or how they are used in the poems?

What does the final stanza of “Those Winter Sundays” mean?

Do most readers understand what the narrator is trying to say as he or she closes the poem?

Remember, after you make your post for the week, be certain to respond to at least one other student’s post–more is always better.

Discussion TWO

Read the three poems several times( “Not Waving but Drowning,” “We Real Cool,” and “Harlem”), listen to them, and then discuss some of the following questions with the other students in the class. As always be certain to reply to other students’ posts.

First, which poem did you like the best? Why?

What is “Not Waving but Drowning” about? If you watched the Youtube video did this help at all?

In “We Real Cool” Brooks is writing about an attitude. What is the attitude she is writing about?

Can you find that attitude today? Where?

Are there words in Brooks’ poem you might have to look up?

“Harlem” has always been a very popular poem.

What is the mood conveyed by the poem?

Do the words or images help create that mood?

Are the poem’s similes vivid? Do these similes convey images or ideas or both?

Please give examples for all of your responses–as always, more is better.

Note: Replies are only visible to those who have posted at reply, so i will give you other student’s reply after I post my answer.

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