The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

How does Ghiselin present an uncompromising picture of what one has done in the poem, "Rattlesnake"? In Hugo's estimation, what effect does his use of multi-syllabic and single-syllabic words have on the impact of different parts of the poem?

Essay Topic 2

What does Hugo say about communication in writing? What happens if language only exists to convey information? What is the role of "the reader" in a poet's mind when he is writing poetry?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Hugo's view of a poet's fear of amoral and shallow writing. When does Hugo say that this kind of writing would occur? What does he say of the moral sense of all the poets he knows personally?

Essay Topic 4

According to Hugo, what is the relationship between a public poet and his tendency towards didacticism? Use Auden as an example.

Essay Topic 5

Why does Hugo say that Roethke is...

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