by Rita Dove
Persephone, Falling Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- Why does Persephone so desperately desire that one particular flower? Do you think that has any special meaning?
- What leads people to want to "stray from the herd," both in this poem, and in general?
- Why do parents nag their children?
- Whose fault was Persephone's fall: Hers? Her mother's? Both? Is there something problematic about assigning blame? Isn't Hades to blame, too?
- How could Persephone's fall have been avoided?
- What's the effect of having this poem written in (loose) sonnet form? Does that change the way you understand the poem at all?
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