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For each of your selected poems (four total; see chart below), provide at least one interpretive statement

using the
templates I have provided.

Poem Andrea Cassia Dawnzalene Francesca Micah


“Valentine” x x x
“Mrs Aesop” x x
“Medusa” x x
“Mrs Lazarus” x x
“Salome” x x
“Little Red Cap” x x
“In Mrs Tilscher’s Class” x x
“Selling Manhattan” x x x
“Originally” x x

Name of Poem: MEDUSA

Interpretive Statements
Select at least one of the options below and fill in the blanks to complete the sentence.

Establish what the poem is “On the surface, _________________ is about _______________. But really, Duffy
about, both on the surface gets the reader to think about __________________ while also considering
and beneath the surface. ___________________.

Identify one or more idea or The poem invites the reader to think about the nature of jealousy and how that
issue that is raised in the influences both genders. She gets us to infer that betrayal distors and destroys a
poem, and state what the individual's character. It is clear that Duffy wants to show that it is men, not women,
writer is communicating who are the root cause of the world's ills.
about that idea.

Identify what the reader is Duffy invites the reader to think about ___________________. She makes the reader
meant to think or feel about feel _____________ towards this idea by ____________________. The effect of this
an idea or issue. is that the reader _____________________.

Name of Poem: SALOME

Interpretive Statements
Select at least one of the options below and fill in the blanks to complete the sentence.

Establish what the poem is On the surface, Salome is another biblical story about a woman "killing" a man.
about, both on the surface However, Duffy really gets the reader to think about the theme of power and
and beneath the surface. callousness, and the power structures between men and women in society.

Identify one or more idea or “The poem invites the reader to think about ______________. From the poem, we
issue that is raised in the can infer that Duffy thinks that [stated idea] is _____________________. It is clear
poem, and state what the that Duffy feels _____________ about this topic; this is evident through
writer is communicating ________________________.
about that idea.
Identify what the reader is Duffy invites the reader to think about ___________________. She makes the reader
meant to think or feel about feel _____________ towards this idea by ____________________. The effect of this
an idea or issue. is that the reader _____________________.

Name of Poem: SELLING MANHATTAN

Interpretive Statements
Select at least one of the options below and fill in the blanks to complete the sentence.

Establish what the poem is “On the surface, _________________ is about _______________. But really, Duffy
about, both on the surface gets the reader to think about __________________ while also considering
and beneath the surface. ___________________.

Identify one or more idea or “The poem invites the reader to think about ______________. From the poem, we
issue that is raised in the can infer that Duffy thinks that [stated idea] is _____________________. It is clear
poem, and state what the that Duffy feels _____________ about this topic; this is evident through
writer is communicating ________________________.
about that idea.

Identify what the reader is Duffy invites the reader to think about the criticism on capitalism and the value of
meant to think or feel about the priceless. She makes the reader feel empathy towards this idea by demonstrating
an idea or issue. the harm to nature, life, and indigenous groups.

Name of Poem: ORIGINALLY

Interpretive Statements
Select at least one of the options below and fill in the blanks to complete the sentence.

Establish what the poem is On the surface, Originally is about a girl moving homes. But really, Duffy gets the
about, both on the surface reader to think about the isolation that comes with growth, and the struggles an
and beneath the surface. individual faces adjusting to new surroundings, and finally, the self-evaluation that
comes out at the end.

Identify one or more idea or “The poem invites the reader to think about ______________. From the poem, we
issue that is raised in the can infer that Duffy thinks that [stated idea] is _____________________. It is clear
poem, and state what the that Duffy feels _____________ about this topic; this is evident through
writer is communicating ________________________.
about that idea.

Identify what the reader is Duffy invites the reader to think about ___________________. She makes the reader
meant to think or feel about feel _____________ towards this idea by ____________________. The effect of this
an idea or issue. is that the reader _____________________.