Bidwell Ghost Discussion Questions

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Discuss the nature images—apple trees, nests, agates, snow, etc.—that are associated with the ghost. What relationship between natural and supernatural does this poem imply?

Choose a story that you have been told as "true" and research it on one of the Internet sites devoted to urban legends. Then write a poem about it.

Research some of the scientific processes described in this poem. How long, for instance, would it take apple trees that have been charred in a fire to grow enough to start bearing fruit again? What chemicals will apples decomposing on the ground turn into? What are the chances that new trees will grow and blossom from charred wood?

Write an explanation for why this poem changes at the end with four lines in the last stanza whereas all of the other stanzas had three.

Examine some ghost stories from Native American...

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