Essay Topic 1
Describe the major themes of Chapter 1. Define the term "theme" and give examples of the symbolism and imagery the author uses to illuminate these themes.
Essay Topic 2
Poem 2 of "A Coney Island of the Mind" begins, "Sailing thru the straits of Demos / we saw symbolic birds / shrieking over us." Describe the bird and animal imagery in this poem and how they relates to the poem's themes.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the poems of Chapter 2 in comparison to the poems of the rest of the collection. How are these different in style? What are the common themes?
Essay Topic 4
Discuss ways the author uses the structure of line breaks and punctuation to express the themes and give a visual aesthetic to his poetry. Cite examples where this takes place.
Essay Topic 5
Poem 5 of "A Coney Island of the Mind" describes "a kind of carpenter / from some square-type place...
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