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"Richard Cory," by Edward Arlington Robinson:
- What is the main message of the poem?
- Why do you think Cory committed suicide?
- How do you think the townspeople relate to Cory? Are they friends?
- How do the townspeople feel about Cory? Consider the complexity of human nature.
- What does the narrator mean by "we people on the pavement"?
- Did he actually glitter when he walked, or does this merely reflect the townspeople's perception of him?
- What does "So on we worked, and waited for the light" mean?
"The Earthen Goblet," by Harindranath Chattopadhyaya:
- Is the poem simply about an earthen goblet?
- A "conceit" is an extended metaphor that invites us to consider a more sophisticated understanding of a poem. If this poem is a conceit, what is the metaphor and what insights does this invite?
- Can you think of more than one interpretation of the metaphor? Discuss.
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