This week’s Assignment has two parts. Part ONE: In order to gain a clear sense of any work of art, whether it is a song, painting, film, story, or poem, you need to listen, view or read it multiple times. To speak knowledgeably about a film, for instance, you will need to go back and see it again. On the second viewing, you might notice new things about the action or dialogue. On the third viewing, you might notice things happening in the visual background that you didn’t see the first two times. It is the same with written works. Reading a poem or story once is only the start. In order to write analytically about it, you need to read it multiple times. For this first part of the Assignment, read the poem “The Journey” by Mary Oliver (in our “Readings” this week) five different times. Then write a list of each reading of the poem (Reading 1, Reading 2, etc.) where you note down with each of your 5 particular readings the following things: 1. What particular idea or image seemed important in this reading? 2. How is your understanding of the poem changing or developing with this particular reading? 3. One of the five readings must be out loud. Note in your list of the five different readings which was the reading aloud and what stood out differently that time, hearing it aloud. For each of the five readings, please write several sentences that respond to the questions above. Number each separate reading 1 through 5. Thus, you are reading the poem 5 times and answering these questions for each of the 5 readings. Part TWO: In her poem “Biography of an Armenian Schoolgirl” (in the Module’s “Readings”), Naomi Shihab Nye gives us a portrait of a high-school-aged girl. Please answer the following questions with a brief paragraph for each with specific details from the poem (rather than vague comments), with one of your responses including a quotation from the poem to illustrate your point. 1. If schoolbooks and physics and chemistry are not the speaker’s concerns, what is she thinking about? What are her concerns? 2. In the opening stanza of the poem, who might be the people the poem’s speaker refers to in the following line: “voices become bones/buried under us long ago” (142)? 3. “There is something else we were born for” (143). Please explain this statement in the poem, basing your explanation on what the poem tells us about the speaker’s situation and her desires. 4. What statement about gender do you see being made in this poem? This Discussion Forum is related to Sarah Orne Jewett’s story “A White Heron”. This story has a variety of different aspects and themes, from showing the human-animal bond to depicting rural poverty. It also shows the development of the character of a young girl, as well as the idea of nature, preserving nature, and the destruction of natural beauty caused by hunters. For this Discussion Forum post, find a sentence in the story that you believe to be an important one, to you as a reader of the story. Give the full sentence quoted in quotation marks with page number at the start of your post, so that no other students choose the same sentence. Only one per student. Then, in a paragraph, explain what this sentence is saying, how it contributes to the overall meaning or point of the story, and why you found this sentence to be important.