Choose three (3) prompts to answer and discuss. Plan on 75 – 100 of your own words for each answer for up to 300 words, total. Format instructions follow the prompts.
Choose 3 out of 5 prompts to discuss.
2. Many songs and poems are about life in the face of immediate or looming death.
Choose and consider one or two of the following examples. How is death represented in relation to the speaker/singer? What are the main ideas about death contained in the example(s)? Is your choice life-affirming or life-denying? If it depends, please explain. Support your points with specifics from your choice(s).
- Poem by Emily Dickinson, “Because I could not stop for death” (ca. 1863) at this link (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
- Song by The Grateful Dead band, “Black Peter,” (1970, lyrics by Robert Hunter, put to music and sung by Jerry Garcia) at this link (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
3. Reread Wordsworth’s “My Heart Leaps Up,” in “There is Only Now” section or at this link. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Read the poem again, especially the line, “The Child is father of the Man.” From your reading, what is Wordsworth’s speaker saying about himself? How does this statement and the poem’s theme relate to this chapter?
4. When and how is it appropriate to explain death to children, in your opinion? Discuss in relation or contrast to the chapter.
5. We live in perilous times: climate change, rising poverty levels, seemingly endless conflicts in the Middle East, nuclear threats, and much more. Is it life-affirming to take the attitude that “There’s nothing I can do about it, so why be concerned?” Look at different sides of the question and explain your perspective.