- Demonstrate how the duke's character is progressively revealed in "My Last Duchess" and evaluate how the speaker's voice is different from the poet's.
- Compare and contrast tone and theme in Whitman's "To a Locomotive in Winter" and Dickinson's "I like to see it lap the miles."
- Compare and contrast Saenz's "To the Desert" and Donne's "Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you."
- Paraphrase Kees's "For My Daughter," describe the poem's tone and major theme, and write a personal response to the poem.
- Explore and evaluate symbolism and double-meanings in "White Lies." Explain how double-meaning is central to the poem's theme.
- Develop a plausible interpretation of "Luke Havergal." Would you advise Luke to follow the speaker's advice? Why or why not?
- Analyze the meaning of "God's Grandeur." Based on the poet's life, in what ways might the poem reflect Hopkins's own views on God and creation?
- Compare and contrast themes and tone in "My Father's Waltz" and "For My Daughter."
- Make a case for why short poems such as "I Shoot the Hippopotamus," "On my boat on lake Cayuga," and "On the imprint of the first English edition of The Works of Max Beerbohm" are aesthetically superior to longer, more "serious" poems.
I'll be available to help you in the library Tuesday morning and at my office at other times of day. If you're having trouble, don't just nurse your frustration. Again, take the initiative to get a hold of this stuff. I'm more than happy to help you do so.