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Considerations for Evaluating and Interpreting…………………………….

Considerations for Evaluating and Interpreting……………………………………………………………………………………
Poetry, as we saw in Unit One, creates different emotional responses in each reader. This week, we’re going to study two poems that both deal with the idea of patriotism………………………………………………………………………………………………
To begin, read “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen in your textbook on page 625. Jot down some of your reactions and feelings to the poem. Then, listen to the poem read aloud: “Dulce et Decorum est” and do the same.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qts3K3KznN4)……………………………………………………………………………….
Next, read e.e. cumming’s poem “next to of course god america i” (https://allpoetry.com/next-to-of-course-god-america-i)on page 526 of your book, jot down your reactions, and then listen to cummings’ reading of the poem “next to of course god america i” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__r3CHkyLY4)…………………………………………………………………………………
What do you make of each of these poems? Did your understanding of them change after listening to them? Why are they assigned together this week? Do you agree or disagree with their message? Post your thoughtful, careful analysis of both the poems and your reactions to them in the discussion board, and engage in conversation with your peers.