First this week we have three short but intense readings: “Not Waving but Drowning” (p. 458), “We Real Cool” (p. 500). and “Harlem” (p. 617). I mean for you to take the time to listen to these on Youtube. I am not saying you will like all three, but one or two of them I am sure you will. Read them several times, listen to them, and then answer the Discussion Board questions and discussions. As always be certain to reply to other students’ posts.
First, which poem did you like the best? Why? What is “Not Waving but Drowning” (p. 458) about? If you watched the Youtube video did this help at all? In Brooks’ poem, she is writing about an attitude. What is the attitude she is writing about? Can you find that attitude today? Where? Are there words in Brooks’ poem you might have to look up? “Harlem” has always been a very popular poem. What is the mood conveyed by the poem? Do the words or images help create that mood? Are the similes vivid? Do these similes convey images or ideas or both? Please give examples for all of your responses–longer is better.
use one or two paragraph to response.