Delights and Shadows Discussion Questions

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  • Research the work of Mary Cassatt or Winslow Homer. Compare your impressions to Kooser's descriptions in "A Box of Pastels" or "Four Civil War Paintings by Winslow Homer." In a paper, describe your observations and reactions as informed by the poem.
  • Reread "The Beaded Purse." What do you think the story in the poem about? Keeping your interpretation in mind, write your own narrative poem from the point of view of another character in Kooser's poem, such as the daughter, the mother, the station agent, or the father.
  • The painting on the cover of the 2004 Copper Canyon Press edition of Delights & Shadows is "August Night at Russell's Corners" by George Ault. Kooser says of it, "There's a kind of strangeness about that image … you don't know what's beyond the darkness. The painting says that if you can awaken inside the familiar and...

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