Discussion Question

“After reading the poetry lecture notes answer the following questions about “Hope”:
· How does the poem illustrate the idea or concept of hope?
· How true or adequate are the specific locations where hope be found?
· How do these locations provide the grounds for a broadened understanding of hope?

 should be a paragraph of about 5-7 sentences,  

It hovers in dark corners

before the lights are turned on,  

it shakes sleep from its eyes  

and drops from mushroom gills,  

it explodes in the starry heads  

of dandelions turned sages,  

it sticks to the wings of green angels  

that sail from the tops of maples.    

It sprouts in each occluded eye  

of the many-eyed potato,  

it lives in each earthworm segment  

surviving cruelty,  

it is the motion that runs the tail of a dog,  

it is the mouth that inflates the lungs  

of the child that has just been born.    

It is the singular gift  

we cannot destroy in ourselves,  

the argument that refutes death,  

the genius that invents the future,  

all we know of God.    

It is the serum which makes us swear  

not to betray one another;  

it is in this poem, trying to speak.