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Describe an incident in your life when you became suddenly aware of your mortality. Did your behavior change as a result of this awareness? Report your findings to your class.

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Interview your classmates, asking them what about the natural world most inspires them and why. Sort the responses into categories and present them to your class, then hold a class discussion about the significance of the findings.

Is knowing about the personal details of Sylvia Plath’s life important for understanding this poem? Why or why not?

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With four class members, compose a visual representation of “Blackberrying.” One stipulation is that you cannot be literal; that is, you cannot draw a picture of a woman picking blackberries. Aim to represent the emotions and ideas in the poem, rather than the action. When you are finished, present the composition to the class and have them discuss its meaning.

Brainstorm a list of symbolic images for life and for death with your classmates, then compose a class poem using these images.

Spend some time looking at a blackberry bramble in your neighborhood, then write a thorough description of it, using as many metaphors or similes as you see fit. Compare your description with other classmates. How is it different, the same? What do you pay attention to that others do not?

Write a short one-act play dramatizing Plath’s poem and perform it for your class. Feel free to include dialogue, speech, and action not included in the poem.

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