Discussion Questions: A Modest Proposal
1.) Denotation vs. Connotation:
A words denotation is its dictionary definition. Many words also have connotations, or
suggested meanings. A word may have conflicting connotations.
Consider each of the following wo
Dr. Walker / ENGL 2210
WORLD LITERATURE II
Instructor: Lindsay M. Walker, Ph.D.
Office: HC 8006
Office Hours: MWF 11 11:50 (& by appt.)
Office phone: 844-9038
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Required Texts: The Nor
World Lit II Walker Fall 2012
Wordsworths Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey
Most of us didnt grow up hearing poems read out loud. We encounter poetry mainly in
the classroom, while the soundtrack of our emotional lives is made up by a differe
Timeline of 9 Major Literary Periods:
Describe the main characters in terms of what motivates or drives each one.
What is the significance of Santiago working as a shepherd?
How is romantic love portrayed in the book?
Where does Santiago tra
These are discussion questions to help get you thinking deeply and meaningfully about
the poems. Feel free to jot down your answers, but your primary job is to come to a
working understanding of the poems through discussion with your group mates and be
Haiku & Basho:
What are the traditional subjects of Japanese Haiku?
Describe the form:
What set Basho apart from other poets?
The Romantic Period:
What were the political, social, and historical causes that initiated the Romantic period?
Briefly explain t
Haiku: the Legacy of Basho
Haiku is still a poetry of small things and of everyday experience
that preserves the sparkles of the particular in its universal appeal.
Typical haiku juxtapose two images or ideas and connect them with a kireji
Discussion Questions: In a group, discuss the first chapters of Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass. Jot down your ideas and be prepared to offer a response when
called. Bring this sheet with you to class on Wednesday as well.
How does the opening
Frederick Douglass Narrative of the Life of Frederic Douglass, An American Slave:
How does the first paragraph prepare us for the rest of his story?
Explain, briefly, the importance of the following ideas to Douglasss narrative and give
15 November 2010
The Fallacies of Vengeance
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is one of the earliest revelations of the human
psyche concerning how someone should counteract a misdeed performed u
17 September 2010
The Loyal Wife of Destiny
Loyalty in this day and age may be a sullied concept glamorized in the minds of the older
generations, not something still practiced with fervor by the many people th