Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April: Transformations, by Anne Sexton

Proper discussion questions for April's book, Transformations, will begin to appear below this post soon. Feel free to link your reviews via Mr. Linky below or link to any other "Dangerous" titles you review in April.

Have fun!

Feel free to discuss general points of Tranformations in the comments section of this post, post questions you're interested in getting opinions on, or just talk amongst yourselves.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Discussion 1 - "The Gold Key" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

1. Does anyone remember--and this is partially a selfish question--if "The Gold Key" corresponds to a particular Grimm fairy tale or if she's purely using this as a way to set up the speaker, etc? I think I found a story titled "The Gold Key" once, but I don't have my complete Grimm with me in North Carolina.

2. How would you describe the tone Sexton establishes from the beginning of this collection? Is it pretty consistent throughout or do you see subtle changes?

3. Talk about some of the imagery Sexton uses, in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" particularly. What did you think of lines like "cheeks as fragile as cigarette papers" and "rolling her china blue doll eyes open and shut?"

4. Why do you think she chose to retell "Snow White?" What does this poem accomplish as a literary work? Do you find it particularly innovative as far as retellings go?

Anne Sexton Biography

Click HERE to read about Anne Sexton's life.

Friday, April 4, 2008

March Winner!

The winner of a Book Lover's Magnetic Poetry collection, bookplates, and a bookmark:

Cathy from Butterflies Used to Be Caterpillars!

Congratulations, and thank you for discussing Cat's Eye with us!