Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"The Bridge" and "Engine Work: Variations"

For Thursday, please read the two poems from D2L. If there are words you do not know, please look them up; this is something you should always do. After you have read the poems, please respond to one of the following prompts:

1. In "The Bridge," Rodney Jones tells a story about a man who rescued a mother and two children from a submerged car. However, Jones also focuses on the listener, the hearer. He focuses on the way we make sense of truth and determine reality. In this sense, the story of Arthur Peavahouse (which, we are told, is not his real name) is a metaphor. Discuss this. What is this poem ultimately about?

2. Morri Creech's "Engine Work: Variations" is about both memory and storytelling. What does it teach us about these subjects?

Thanks. See you on THursday.

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