Pigeon Woman” by May Swenson
Read “Pigeon Woman” by May Swenson (1) what do you find most compelling or provocative about the poem? (2) who is the speaker in Pigeon woman? What kind of voice does she have? What is the speaker attitude toward the woman being described? (3) what instances of alliteration or assonance can you identify? (4) What does the last line, “they are the flints of love,” mean? (5) Is “Pigeon Woman” expressing the poet’s innermost thoughts and feelings, or is it telling a story? Is it a narrative or lyric poem? Explain (6) To what extent is “Pigeon woman” a love story? Read HOW DO I LOVE THEE? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1850) MAKING CONNECTIONS (1) the sentiments expressed in the poem are very idealistic. Do you think the depth of love described in this poem is possible? is the poem too sentimental? Explain (2) The poem is written in answer to the question it poses: How Do I Love Thee?” with specific reference to the text of poem, pick out passages and and discuss the effectiveness of the speaker’s language as she answers that question. Read PORPHYRIA’S LOVER by Robert Browning( 1834) , MAKING AN ARGUMENT. This poem is a dramatic monologue told from the speaker’s point of view. What difference does that make? imagine that you are a newspaper reporter or a police officer investigating the case. How would you describe this scene? Based on your interpretation of the poem, write a history of the speaker and his relationship with Porphyria. Cite the text of the poem for support.