Asynchronous Assignment (due on 4/27 before class)
1. In the comment section down below, answer ONE of these questions (200-words minimum):
Discuss all the distinct ways the young Manzano keeps “writing” verses and “reading” poetry even though the Marquesa del Prado Ameno punishes any literacy activity. Refer to specific poems and/or scenes from this section.
Explore Manzano’s complex spiritual views and how they help him to cope with the punishments and torture imposed by the Marquesa del Padro Ameno. Refer to specific poems and/or scenes from this section.
What does Don Nicolas means when he says that the Marquesa del Prado Ameno has a mind “that needs light.” Describe how Don Nicolas, Manzano’s mother, María del Pilar, and the girls at the kitchen offer him consolation and solace.
Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their points and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about The Poet Slave of Cuba (pages 44-86) do you want to bring into the discussion?