Week 2 Discussion English

By the due date assigned, post a one- or two-paragraph response of at least 150-200 words

  • Choose a poem to analyze from this week’s assigned reading list (see below). We are reading and discussing the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes.
  • Create a written response of a paragraph or two of at least 150-200 words.
  • You may use the following questions to develop a response to your poem, or you may discuss another more appropriate literary element (e.g., imagery, characterization, theme) as best fits your selection:
    • What are some of the key symbols or metaphors in the poem, and how are they used to convey meaning to the reader?
    • How do these elements enrich the poem and deepen your understanding of its themes?
    • What is your reaction to the poem’s content and language? Would you recommend this poem to friends?

Sadie and Maud

Maud went to college. Sadie stayed at home. Sadie scraped life With a fine-tooth comb.

She didn’t leave a tangle in. Her comb found every strand. Sadie was one of the livingest chits1 In all the land.

Sadie bore two babies Under her maiden name. Maud and Ma and Papa Nearly died of shame. Every one but Sadie Nearly died of shame.

When Sadie said her last so-long Her girls struck out from home. (Sadie had left as heritage Her fine-tooth comb.)

Maud, who went to college, Is a thin brown mouse. She is living all alone In this old house.