EZRA POUND, “IN A STATION OF THE METRO”
In this two line poem, Pound was attempting to capture a momentary image of breathtaking beauty in the way he imagined a painter would. We know that he scaled this
poem back to two lines from its original thirty so that only the most essential elements remained.
The poets who attempted this kind of writing were called “imagists.” Here’s a definition from the University of Pennsylvania: “The Imagists wrote succinct verse of dry
clarity and hard outline in which an exact visual image made a total poetic statement.” (Check the “Readings/Preparation” area this week for help with this poem).
1. Think about the following: What is the comparison Pound makes in this poem? What is he trying to accomplish with that comparison?
Now, answer this– In your opinion, has Pound succeeded in creating an “exact visual image” which makes “a total poetic statement?” Support your answer with references
to the poem.
BILLY COLLINS, “ON TURNING TEN”
From the Poetry Foundation webpage on Billy Collins: “Dubbed ‘the most popular poet in America’ by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for
conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry
itself. . . Collins has offered a slightly different take on his appeal, admitting that his poetry is ‘suburban, it’s domestic, it’s middle class, and it’s sort of
Listen to Collins’ audio introduction to “On Turning Ten” and then respond to the following question:
1. When you first read this poem, did you think it was funny? Why or why not?
2. In reading this poem, did you agree more with Bruce Weber’s assessment of Collins’ poetry or Collins’ own assessment? Both? Neither? In a well-developed paragraph
and using at least one example from the poem, explain why.
SHAKESPEARE’S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ACTS 1-3
PROMPT: Much Ado About Nothing Acts 1-3
Choose one question from each act and write a paragraph in response (three paragraphs total). Before you select the question, make sure there are no questions left
unanswered—you should respond to unanswered questions first. This is a good reason to post early—you will have more choices available.
1. What is the backdrop for the arrival of Don Pedro and his men? Why is this significant to the plot of the play?
2. What is the substance of Don Pedro’s private conversation with the lovesick Claudio? Why is Don Pedro in such a hurry, do you think? Is it a good idea for him to
woo in Claudio’s place? Why or why not?
3. How do we know that Beatrice and Benedick are in a “skirmish of wit”? Who seems to be winning? What is said that leads the audience to believe these two have a
past, and why is that important, particularly when we reach Act 3 and Don Pedro’s “trick”?
4. In what ways does this Act reveal Hero to be different from Beatrice, and why might that be true? Why does her uncle tolerate Beatrice’s insistence on remaining a
“maid” but tell his daughter to accept Prince Don John’s offer of marriage (should he make such an offer)?
5. Why does Beatrice tease Benedick at the party, and why is he so upset? What is she insinuating about him? Why does he care? Finally, why does Beatrice turn down Don
Pedro’s offer of marriage?
6. What happens in this Act between Balthasar and Margaret and Ursula and Antonio? How are these events important to the rest of the play?
7. In Act 3, we at last hear something from Hero. What does she say? How is she different when she is among other women than when she is in the company of her father
and other men? How does scene one enhance our understanding of her character? Don’t forget to discuss scene 4.
8. In this Act, Beatrice and Benedick are “tricked” into falling in love. How does it happen, and why is it so easy? (Think about this one carefully).
9. Constable Dogberry and the Watch are introduced in this Act. These are civilians who are paid to patrol and stand guard—remember that Leonato, Hero’s father, is
Messina’s governor. Why do you think Shakespeare introduces them here and why is Dogberry written to be so pompous and uneducated? (Appearances versus reality,
Develop and submit a complete bibliography in correct MLA format for the research essay assignment , Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade” with at least four
secondary sources (in addition to any primary sources). Sources should be selected from the Leatherby Library, the library’s online databases, or instructor-approved