ELA B30: June 3 Discussion of Universal Issues / Preview of B30 Dept exam…
- We began the class with a discussion / review of topics we agree as being Universal Issues. Two questions were asked of students:
1. What does it say about mankind (people) that we share some universal concerns?
2. What does it say about the issues that they are universally important?
- We looked at a poem I wrote on the board (by memory because I left my books at home!!) and read it together, discussing the tone and how it was evident. It seemed that the poem was about a man or woman mourning over a lost love. I asked the students, though, to consider how the poem would be different if the topic of it wasn’t a lost lover, but the lost love of a homeland. What if you lost faith in where you were raised or your country – could you mourn that loss in a similar way? It is one of my favorite poems, this one. See what you think!?
“I am Out of Love With You For Now”
I am out of love with you for now,
cold-sodden in my misery
your contours and allurements
cannot move me.
I murmur old endearments to revive
our old familiar glow again
-like sapless autumn leaves
they rasp in vain.