An African Thunderstorm Questions- CSEME PRO

Identify the two similes used in stanza 1. 2. Why are the clouds described as “pregnant” in stanza 2? 3. Comment on the use of the word “stately” in line 10. 4. Quote two consecutive words in stanza 2 that suggest that the thunderstorm might be dangerous. 5. Explain why this thunderstorm might not be as welcome to the villagers.…

A Contemplation Upon Flowers by Henry King

STANZA 1 Stanza one centers on the characteristics of flowers.  They are gallant, humble, etc., and they return to the earth (figuratively, they die every winter–but this isn’t revealed until later) after putting on a show. His first lesson that he learnt was to become brave and to remember the place where the flower came from, as referred to line…

The Woman Speaks to the Man who has Employed Her Son- Lorna Goodison

SUMMARY The persona in this poem is telling the story of a mother who loved her son. The mother became aware of the child’s presence when she experienced morning sickness. She placed all her hopes in the child and raised him as a single parent because his father was indifferent to the child’s existence. The mother had set no barriers…

Orchids by Hazel Simmons-McDonald

LITERAL MEANING The persona is moving from a house that she has occupied for five weeks. She has sent her belongings to her future home, but one item remains in her old space, an orchid. The persona clarifies that she was given the orchid as a gift, but implies that it holds no value because the gifting of orchids is…