For this week, I’d like you to select a poem (one of the assigned poems for this week, preferably) from Roads of the Roma: a PEN Anthology of Gypsy Writers edited by Ian Hancock, Siobhan Dowd, Rajko Djuric, and do a little research and analysis. Find out about the poet, the time it was written, and give an analysis of the poem. Remember that we can’t assume that the author is the “speaker” in the poem, unless it’s noted that the work is autobiographical. For your analysis, notice the metaphors and similes the writer uses, the patterns in the work, the rhythm, the images… and give your interpretation, supported by your evidence. 300 words minimum, due Friday 3/22. Remember to comment on a peer’s blog by Sunday night. Think of the comments as an opportunity to have an intellectual/artistic discussion with your classmates.
The interesting thing about this anthology is that it is anthologized by culture, and also by theme. These are all poems about Romani culture and history. So there are a lot of Romani writers who write about other things, but I wanted to use this anthology to teach because 1.) It’s a brilliant anthology, 2.) almost all the writers in the anthology are living writers, and 3.) art is a connection between people of all cultures, and a wonderful way to learn about the human experience–the things we share and the things we can discover about each other. Doesn’t that just melt your heart?
Papusza, the mother of Romani literature ❤