Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

In what ways does Robert Pinsky use contrasting images in poems such as “The Figured Wheel”?

How does Pinsky use allusion in “The Figured Wheel”?

Is the catbird a necessary image in “At Pleasure Bay”? Why?

Why is the history of Krakow or the history of the Triangle Waist Factory important in order to understand “The Unseen” or “Shirt”?

When Pinsky held the Poet Laureate position, he created the Favorite Poem Project. How does this project exemplify Pinsky’s themes of humanity in his poems?