After last week’s reading of a rather lengthy play, this week’s reading will seem very short. After you have read “My Pappa’s Waltz” and “Those Winter Sundays,” please respond to one or more of the following questions. Please remember that a complete and thoughtful post is necessary to receive maximum points every week, as is a response to a minimum of one other student post during the week.
Potential Discussion Topics:
How are these two poems similar?
Are they different in any important ways? If so, explain your reasons in detail.
Are the two narrators’ memories and recollections the same or different? If so, explain in what ways.
What key words in each poem affect our understanding of what the narrators are trying to communicate?
Discuss these words and how precisely they affect our understanding of the poem?
What happens if we misunderstand these words or how they are used in the poems?
What does the final stanza of “Those Winter Sundays” mean?
Do most readers understand what the narrator is trying to say as he or she closes the poem?