I Woof the Art Poetic
In Poetry and Flash Fiction:
- In the “Ars Poetica” of Bill Bowler and Archibald MacLeish, respectively:
- How do the verbs differ in mood?
- How does the imagery differ in tone between the two poems? Can you find a thematic progression in the imagery of either poem?
In Anna Ruiz’ “Relativity...”:
- Does the poem effectively constitute an applied ars poetica in itself? In what ways does it combine both Bill Bowler’s and Archibald MacLeish’s sensibility?
- Can you analyze all the metaphors and symbols or are some of them riddles?
Larry A. Kayser’s “Just Imagine” is hardly realistic:
- What would probably happen to the narrator in the difficulties he proposes? Does imagining amount to more than “whistle a happy tune”?
- Is the narrator mean-spirited or does he have redeeming qualities?
In S. H. Linden’s “The Escape”:
- What is the chronology of events in the story?
- In what way is Frank Moore like the Rambo character as portrayed by Sylvester Stallone? In what way is he the opposite?
In other prose:
Otilia Tena’s “The Lady Teacher Without a Name” is characterized by striking lapses in cause and effect and by abnormal events that pass for normal, for example:
- The new teacher appears unannounced. As the story’s title says, she has no name.
- Daisy unaccountably asks the mystery lady to be her mother.
- Daisy’s grandfather speculates that the “teacher” may be a water sprite but otherwise shows no interest in the strange events at Daisy’s school.
- If the inadventently locked door were possible in a real school, it would be a major safety issue, but it’s seen as nothing out of the ordinary.
- “Evening came. In one of my English essays I wrote: ‘And evening came like a thief of silver, with bells tied to his ankles’.” — Is the thief made of silver or does the thief steal silver? Or both?
- The ending of the story is very mysterious. What might it mean?
Is “The Lady Teacher Without a Name” a coherent story or is it really a dream sequence embedded in a partially perceived reality? Assuming it is a dream, what might it mean?
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