Daily Lessons for Teaching Bel Canto: A Novel

Ann Patchett
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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)


As the novel begins, the reader quickly understands the beauty and greatness of Roxane Cross' voice. This is seen through the eyes of several men, primarily Mr. Katsumi Hosokawa and the accompanist. It is interesting to look at beauty through two sets of characters' eyes and note what about their object of desire they find so wonderful.


1. Part I: Pretend that you are Hosokawa. Write a poem about the beauty of Roxane Cross as you see it.

Now, pretend that you are the accompanist and write a poem about Roxane Cross from your point of view.

Part II: Compare the two poems. Did your voice or tone change as you wrote the two poems differently?

2. Are many notable or famous women only famous because of how men see them? Explain why you do or do not agree with this question.

3. Look through a popular magazine...

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