Write a personal essay on a philosophical theme or discuss some fantasy in your life. Base your essay on an idea suggested by one of the following:
- I used to pretend . . .
- Kids can come up with some of the craziest ideas.
- “All of the animals except man, know that the chief business of life is to enjoy it.”
- “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.”
- When I have kids, I’m going to teach them . . .
Using “The Carpenter” as a model, create a fantasy of your own and write about it in prose or poetry.
How has the poet’s idea of what is important in life changed since her children were small? Explain both philosophies in your own words.
In “Lament” Webb says that everything is wrong in life. In “Sitting” she recommends withdrawal from life as the only way of coping with an “extraordinary world.” In view of this philosophy, what is it that leads her, in “Poetics Against the Angel of Death,” to “run ragged to elude” death?