Choose one of the two prompts below and construct an answer of approx. 500 words to the question in bold. Be sure to address two works that we’ve read using evidence from the texts to support your ideas.
1. Marianne Moore says that the goal of poetry is to present“imaginary gardens with real toads in them.” Where do you see such “real toads” in the fictional situations described in our poems? Specifically,where do you see a common essential truth explored in two of the poems we read for class? What do the poems suggest is fundamentally true for humans in general? How do they show this to the reader? Are their approaches similar?
2. “My Last Duchess,” “Cask of Amontillado,” and “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” all have the punishment for a crime of some sort at their centers, and each presents us with a close look at one of the figures involved. How does a detailed sense of character contribute to an idea of justice or injustice in two of these three works? What do the characters understand is right or wrong about their actions?How do their personalities clarify or complicate the issue for a reader?