Asynchronous Assignment (due on 5/11 before the class)
Matthew Pettway argues that Manzano’s use of dream sequences in his poetry represents the powers of spirit to transform the black subject. He considers these poems as visions of black familial love and as symbolic acts of emancipation.
Thinking of these arguments:
.Pick an excerpt from ONE of the poems written by Juan Francisco Manzano and highlighted by Pettway: “A Dream” (Pages 155-164), “Poems” (Pages 164-167), or “The Poet Vision Composed on a Sugar Plantation” (Pages 167-171).
.In the comment section down below describe Pettway’s interpretation of your selected poem.
.Insert your views: do you agree with Pettway’s points and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about the excerpt written by Manzano do you want to bring into the discussion?