1. Explicate Goodison’s “Mother, the Great Stones Got to Move.” Identify the poem’s setting and situation. What is the subject of the poem? What message does the poem communicate about its subject (this is the poem’s theme)?
2. What does the poetry assigned communicate about the importance of literature and the role of the artist/writer in society? Does the artist play a purely aesthetic, social, political, or moral role through his/her art/poetry? Please cite specific examples from the various poems to defend your position.
3. What do Blake, Amichai, and Goodison have to teach us about living with disappointment?