by Christina Rossetti
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- There's clearly some symbolism going on with the dialogue in "Up-Hill," but what do you think is being depicted? Who or what do Speaker #1 and Speaker #2 represent?
- Speaker #1 knows nothing and Speaker #2 has all the answers, but where do you think Speaker #2 got his or her knowledge? Why?
- Do you think the question-answer format of this poem is effective? Why or why not?
- How else might it have been structured? How would this change your interpretation of the poem?
- How do you think Speaker #1 feels at the beginning of this poem? Does talking to Speaker #2 change that emotion? Why or why not?
- Vice versa: how do you think Speaker #2 feels at the beginning of this poem? Does talking to Speaker #1 change that emotion? Why or why not?
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