The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter Discussion Questions

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In 1948, Ezra Pound won the Bollingen Prize for the best volume of poetry published that year. Many people were highly critical of this award since he had been accused of treason during World War II by the U.S. government. Evaluate both sides of the controversy and explain which position you find most convincing.

The letter is a common device used in both literature and song. Find some other examples of letters, and discuss whether the author has used the letter form effectively.

Both Pound and Li-Po found themselves in conflict with governmental authorities. Compare/ contrast their difficulties.

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