Does the piece give you sympathy for any of the characters? Do you dislike any of the characters? How can a writer add a “universal appeal” for their piece of literature and create a strong link to their audience? For example, course text authors Janaro & Altshuler (2012) refer to epiphany, which provides an “insight into life or human nature” (97). How is epiphany demonstrated in “The Lost Beautifulness”?
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Choose two of the poems here for your analysis, or you may also use Poets.org, http://poets.org/, to search for other poems, or review the resources in this week’s My Humanities Kit.
Source: The Academy of American Poets. Poets.org. Retrieved from http://www.poets.org/
Langston Hughes. Let America Be America Again
Source: Hughes, Langston. Let America Be American Again. Retrieved from: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15609
June Jordan. A Poem about Intelligence for my Brothers and Sisters . (audio only)
Source: Jordan, June. A Poem About Intelligence for my Brothers and Sisters. Retrieved from http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19038
Ted Kooser. A Happy Birthday
Source: Kooser, Ted. A Happy Birthday. Retrieved from http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16717
Billy Collins. Introduction to Poetry
Source: Collins, Billy. Introduction to Poetry. Retrieved from http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20177
Elaine Sexton. Public Transportation
Source: Sexton, Elaine. Public Transportation. Retrieved from http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16444
In your response to question two, identify the two poems selected, and provide the consulted source links to both poems. List the titles and authors of the two poems you chose to analyze. Research the authors to learn a bit about their lives.
In your response, consider the following:
Was the poem difficult to understand?
How did you interpret it?
What do you think is the idea of the poem beyond the descriptions?
What does the biographical information add to an understanding of the poem?