Defending the City
Kind of Activity:
Students will be able to see the ambiguity in Eliot's poems by debating two sides of his perspective
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.3
Discuss Eliot's image of the city with the students. By now, they will have a clear picture of the setting, which is common to all three poems, but students may disagree about how Eliot feels about cities. Does he think they are bleak, hopeless places, per the relentless rhythm of "Preludes," or oddly dreamlike passageways, as they are for much of "Prufrock"? Students can also refer to the...
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