Due February 22

Read Ezra Pound’s lovely poem, “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter.” Then, because it’s been a while since we’ve made observations & marked the poem up, here’s what I want you to do:

  • Locate three images (detailed sense descriptions) and three key words or short phrases, no longer than 5 or so words each.
  • Next to each image and phrase, in the margins of your poem, make a list of the observations you can make about the woman speaking or her relationship with her husband, based on the imagery & word choice. Consider what kind of a person she is, how she’s changed over time, how she is feeling currently, what she hopes for the future, etc.
  • Bring your work back to class.

Also, your required extra credit is due. You may fill out the handout I gave you in class and return the hard copy, though I also invite you to email me this one; I’ll respond via screencast.


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