Guided Reading Assignment 2.docx - Question#3(Snapping...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages.

Question #3: (Snapping Beans)This narrative poem, "Snapping Beans" by Lisa Parker, tells the story of a speaker and her grandmother. The grandmother asks the speaker about college (Parker 15), to which the speaker lies and says, “school's fine” (Parker 41). The diction in this story is informal and the speaker is a girl. The girl is still trying to get used to college, but is having some obvious problems adjusting, as pictured when she speaks of crying at night (Parker 27). Based on the speaker’s thoughts about college life, the speaker has yet to get accustomed to what she has seen.There are interesting images of the scenery in this poem, too. The differences of the speaker’s description of her college life and the images of the grandmother sitting on the porch with cornfields spread out in front of their house (Parker 1-10), is evidently shown throughout the poem. The end of the poem is one big metaphor. The “hickory leaf” (Parker 43) symbolizes the speaker. As the leaf is blowing loose (Parker 46), it symbolizes the speaker going to college. When the leaf is hanging and “summer green” (Parker 43), it symbolizes the speaker being homefor summer. The speaker had to leave her family and go to college to grow up on her own. The relationship between the grandma and the speaker is an interesting one. They both obviously loveeach other, but the speaker lies and hides her pain. The grandma is traditional and religious. The

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture