Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What experiences of Muriel Rukeyser’s early life help explain her reactions to the political and economic turbulence of the 1930’s?

What unusually mature childhood perceptions are evident in her “Poem Out of Childhood”?

Discuss Rukeyser as a poet of civil liberty.

What pattern can you discern in the imagery of “Searching/Not Searching”?

What structural principles does Rukeyser regularly employ in her longer poems?