Short stories

Please respond to one of the following prompts:

  1. Examine the image of the loss of Paradise, or the Fall, in Frost’s “Fire and Ice,” “The Oven Bird,” (not in our anthology; find it on-line) and “After Apple-picking.” You will first have to establish what the loss of Paradise or the Fall means.
  2. Read all of Langston Hughes’s poems in our text (p. 1036 and following). Taken together, how do his poems provide a critique and/or portrait of relations between blacks and whites in America in the mid 20th century? (You don’t have to use/cite all of the poems in your essay; it just helps to have read them all for a solid overview).