1. “No One’s a Mystery” by Elizabeth Tallent
What kind of person is Jack? Is he likely to leave his wife for the narrator? What encouragement or hope does he give her?
2. “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats
1. Identify the personification in lines 9 and 11. What effect does the use of personification have?
2. What does the poem imply about time, age, and love lost?
3. “Futility” by Wilfred Owen
1. Is the soldier dead or dying? How do you know?
2. How does the title of the poem relate to the content?
3. How does Owen present his ideas about the consequences of war and comradeship?
4. What can you tell about the poet’s attitude towards war?
4. “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas
How is the tone different from what you might expect in a poem about death? How is this poem a celebration of life?
5. “The Storm” by Kate Chopin
1. What is important about the title of the short story, “The Storm”? What might be the multiple meanings of “the storm”?
2. What are the conflicts in “The Storm”? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you see in this story?