Commentary: Here’s what surprised me most about teaching my college class on Zoom (San Antonio Express-News)
San Antonio Express-News: Commentary: Here’s what surprised me most about teaching my college class on Zoom. “After roll call, I opened with William Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’ as a teaching poem because I was going to focus on tone, ambiguity, tense and symbolism. I asked them to listen to the words and figure out tone. A student volunteered to read the poem aloud, slowly, carefully allowing the diphthongs to rise and fall with deliberate cadence. The poem had an impact. Students focused on the first lines about ‘Rose’ being sick because of an ‘invisible worm.’” When I see poetry referenced I always want the poem. Here it is.