Old Fashioned Eng 102 Metropolitan Community Co

Old Fashioned Eng 102 Metropolitan Community Co

Old Fashioned Eng 102 Metropolitan Community Co

Answer as indicated; points are shown (20 total); all honest responses will be given full credit. NB: An honest response is grounded in the poem and demonstrates thoughtful consideration.

1. Do these poems seem contemporary, or do any seem more “old fashioned?” Explain! +1

2. Can you identify the sex of the author in one or more of these; i.e. almost certainly written by a man or almost certainly written by a woman? Explain! +2

3. Do any of these stand out for technical skill? (NB: you may not care for a piece, but recognize that it required considerable ingenuity and linguistic ability to write.) Defend your answer. +1

4. Regarding The Great Themes, does one or more of these address Love? If so, which one or which ones, and what kind of love is indicated? +2

5. Again regarding The Great Themes, do you find work here that addresses the problem of aging and the inevitability of Death? Explain! +2

6. “The Dream of Chuang Tzu” treats a philosophical problem we have addressed, in part, in our discussion of subjectivity and objectivity. What does the poem say to you about this? +2

7. The “battle of the sexes” is usually taken to refer to the perception of gender roles, but there may be some innate psychological aspects to “being male” or “being female” that contribute. Do any of these pieces treat that directly, or is it implied in one or more? Explain! +2

8. How would you explain the message being relayed by “The Migration of Bar-Headed Geese Over the Himalayas?” +2

9. Do any of these pieces seem more thoroughly metaphorical than the others; i.e. more “poetic” in a symbolic and non-literal sense? (Succinctly explain your choice or choices.) +2

10. Is honor a consideration (implied or stated) in any of these poems? How so? +2

11. Which poem or poems did you like best? As far as you are comfortable saying so, why? +1

12. Which poem or poems did you like least? As far as you are comfortable saying so, why? +1

SUBSTITUTE QUESTIONS

11a. If you like poetry but didn’t like any of these, as far as comfort allows, explain why. +1

12a. If you don’t like poetry at all, as far as comfort allows, try to explain why. +1