Think of your own image or symbol for the past three weeks of your life (sunshine, darkness, fire, water). With a group of classmates, make a composite list of of your images/symbols. List the themes suggested by these images/symbols.
The following poem is from The Journals of Susanna Moodie, by Margaret Atwood.
How relevant is this poem to the way we understand relationships, to the way we imagine relationships to be?
Support your response with reference (comparison/contrast) to one or more poems you’ve studied and to your previous knowledge and/or experience.
After we had crossed the long illness
that was the ocean, we sailed up-river
On the first island
the immigrants threw off their clothes
and danced like sandflies
We left behind one by one
the cities rotting with cholera,
one by one our civilized
and entered a large darkness.
It was our own
ignorance we entered.
I have not come out yet
My brain gropes nervous
tentacles in the night, sends out
fears hairy as bears,
demands lamps; or waiting
for my shadowy husband, hears
malice in the trees’ whispers.
I need wolf’s eyes to see
I refuse to look in the mirror.
Whether the wilderness is
real or not
depends on who lives there.