Draw a portrait of the characters in the novel. Setting the poet as the central figure of the portrait, use various methods of shade, color, and perspective to explain the importance or unimportance of the other characters.
Listen to several Czechoslovakian songs from this time period to get an idea of the culture. Discuss the role of music and sound in the story.
Take the fragments of Jaromil's long poem which are given in the book and write the long poem around these. As much as possible your poetry should match the length, word choice, and tone of the original poetry.
Using pictures, trace Czechoslovakia's history from before World War II to the present. How did it look during Jaromil's life? How does it look now? How do the political changes have a lasting effect on the cities and countryside...
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