Week 7 Discussion

Discussion Question 1

After reading The Pitcher by Robert Francis, consider how the poem itself works the way a good pitcher does. Which lines illustrate what they describe? 

Discussion Question 2

Describe the central conflict between the speaker and the mother in Dusting by Julia Alvarez. Why is the image of dusting a particularly appropriate metaphor for evoking the central conflict? 


You must make a substantive and thoughtful initial post of 250 words or more to one of the questions, incorporating MLA citation and a Works Cited.


Meyer, Michael and D. Quentin Miller. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, and Writing, 12th ed., Macmillan Learning, 2020.

  • The Pitcher by Robert Francis
  • Dusting by Julia Alvarez