Asynchronous Assignment (due on 5/4 before the class)
1. In the comment section down below, answer ONE of these questions (200-words minimum):
Discuss the ways Manzano achieves his dream of literacy and poetic rebellion.
Elaborate on how Manzano values her deceased mother’s spiritual well-being at all costs. How the death of his mother amplify his rebelliousness?
In the last poem, Juan Francisco Manzano conveys the notion of a collectivity (concrete and abstract) praying for him, singing, and wishing him well in his escape from La Marquesa’s plantation. Expand on Manzano’s vision. How his escape represents a form of historical awareness?
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 129-172) do you want to bring into the discussion?