Day 6

Allen Ginsberg's Poetry Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Who is the speaker in “A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley”? What is his mood?

    The speaker is a person who has moved into a new house. This speaker is exploring his new surroundings. The reader can point to several instances in the poem where the poet's mood is inquisitive or curious. However, as he orders his house, the reader can see that he is lonely.

  2. 2

    What is the significance of the setting in poems? Compare and contrast the setting of “A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley” and “Sunflower Sutra.” Why the new cottage? Why by the river? What differences and similarities are in the two settings?

    Setting establishes a reader in place and time. These...

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