19. Hwang’s Trying to find Chinatown
What is your reaction to this play? How does it make you feel? Has anything like this happened to you before? What do you think the author is trying to show? Is this sad or funny?

20. Hathaway

“Oh,Oh” – William Hathaway

What surprises you about this poem? How does it
challenge your idea of poetry?

21. Francis
“Catch” – Robert Francis

Read the sample analysis on this poem,
What did you learn from the essay?
Read the sample essay on “Catch”. What did you learn about writing essays on poetry from the sample essay? Do you think this will help you in writing your own essay about metaphors in poetry?

22. Browning
“My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning

What happens to the Duchess and why? How would you characterize the Duke? Why does the Duke prefer the painting of the Duchess to the Duchess herself?

23. Farries
“Magic of Love” Helen Farries

Did you like this poem?
This poem is known as “greeting card verse” and is considered “bad” poetry. Do you agree or disagree?

24. Espada
“Latin Night at the Pawn Shop” – Martín Espada

Explain the title of this poem. Since this is a poem of Spanish culture in a northeastern American town, what do you think of its metaphors? What is the real meaning?

25. Marvell
“To His Coy Mistress”

What do you think this poem is about? How is the poem an argument? What does carpe diem mean? How is this poem a carpe diem poem?

26. Lauinger

Compare and contrast this poem to Marvell’s famous poem, “To His Coy Mistress.” How does this poem parody that one? What are the similarities and differences?

27. Brooks
“We Real Cool: Gwendolyn Brooks,

What do you think this poem really means? How is it an anti carpe diem poem?

28. Dickinson

What do you think Dickinson means in this poem? Now read the questions after the poem. Given the first comment under “Considerations for Thinking and Writing,” has your idea changed any? What else do you know about Emily Dickinson?

29. Alexie

“The Facebook Sonnet” is, as the title suggests, written as a sonnet, which is a fixed poetic form (as opposed to an “open” form). In what ways does the form of the poem contribute to Alexie’s message about Facebook and society?

30. Favorite Work

Of all the stories and poems you read this semester, which was your favorite and why?

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