Answering your own questions on poetry

A month ago, you were asked to think of questions to answer as reagrds two poems

Only two groups have done this task, and today yo are expected to answer their questions. Do it on your booklets and then submit it.

Lucila’s questions on “These are the Times We Live in”

1. Can the poem be related to the author experiences?
2. How does the poet feel throughout the poem?
3. What impact does the repetition of the title “But what do you expect?” in the poem have? What does it mean? Why did the author include it?
4. Can this poem be related to prejudice, discrimination and/or the building of stereotypes?
5. What does the 3rd line (“reading you backwards from the last page.”) suggest/imply?
6. What do you think is the author intention by repeating the word “you” many times all over the poem?

And these are Luna Pérez Muñiz, Catalina Rela, Mara Ripoll and Joaquín Venini’s questions on the same poem:

1. How does the title relate to the poem?
2. Do you think the poem is denouncing something? What? Explain.
3. Read the poem backwards up to the fourth line (included). Does it make any sense?
4. What does the diction related to appearance suggest?
5. Read the poem backwards up to the fourth line (included). Does it make any sense? *
6. Do you think the poem is denouncing something? What? Explain.
7. Give your personal opinion about the poem.

Questions on “The Border Builder”, by Catu Grosso, Nicolas Monguzzi and Bautista Olaizola.

How can we relate this poem with racism and discrimination?
Why the other person starts to ask the builder for his personal things?
What effects produce in the reader the repetition of “which side?”
Why the other person says “This is a border”?
What separation is doing the narrator when says “Which colour are you?”
What would we be without borders

Questions on “These are the Times We Live in”, by Flor Araya, Agustìn Segura and Pancho Mosquera:

Considering that Imtiaz Dharker is a Pakistan-born British writer, how far does the poem deal with cultural conflicts and prejudice?
How far is the poem autobiographical?
Words such as “passport” and “flying” make up the semantic field. What does that semantic field suggest about the setting of the poem?
What is the effect the voice creates by repeating “the times we live in”?
“You shrink to the size of the book in his hand”, how does this quote help the reader have an idea of how the persona feels?

These are the questions by Delfi MU, Jose Catani, Rochi Hartmann and Luz GF:

What does the writer think about borders?
Explain the ending of the poem.
Explain what effect repetition has on the reader.
Explain the following quotation: “My bricks, O my genuine bricks Made of my genuine blood!!”
How can you relate the poem to the present day?
Who is the persona talking to?
Based on the text above, your fourth question.

Lucìa Roggero, Delfina Nicora, Tomas Borda and Agostina Alday’s questions on “These are the Times We Live in,” by Imtiaz Dharker

How do you think the writer’s personal life is related to the poem?
What do you think she is trying to convey when she says “You shrink to the size”?
What effect does the literary devices provoke on the reader? Include examples.
How does the use of the second person narrator and using ‘it’ to describe the voice help set a tone and atmosphere?
How is the title related to the significance of the poem?
What are some indentifiable direct and indirect denounces to society in the poem?

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