Do I Dare to Eat a Peach?

Gratitude of Resistance Twenty:
Studying Eliot’s “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” with my students in AP Literature. It was one of those experiences where I didn’t spend as much time as I usually like on preparing a lesson plan. I just sort of presented them with the poem, and we read through it, and I worried (like old Alfred himself) that they were going to be so removed from Eliot’s time and world that I would just have to go old-school and explain things. When we’d finished reading, they just went at it. They covered everything–Point of View, sexual anxiety, setting, timidity and uncertainty, social anxiety. . .all of it. I couldn’t get a word in edgewise. And as they were walking out, one student asked if we could keep talking about it. Umm–YES!

May we walk in Wisdom.

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