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Discussion 1 ( 100 words)

discuss how character plays a role in the overall poem. Is it a round or flat character, two-dimensional or three-dimensional? What does evidence in the poem suggest? Poem provided below

Ted Kooser

Barn Swallows

Here are all of the days in August

marked off in sharp strokes

on the power wire out to the barn.

Each year at this time they line up

for roll call, parents and young,

leaving their mud cups empty

under the eaves, on beams and rafters,

on the lintels of doors. In dark blue

iridescent ink they write

their thank-you note: Where once

we were few we now are many!

And the next day they’re gone,

wiped from the sky by a rag of cloud

just as the first leaf falls. ◀

Starkey, D. (2021). Creative Writing (4th Edition). Macmillan Higher Education.

Reply 1 ( 50 words) rich

For this discussion I chose “The Blue Bowl” by Jane Kenyon (Starkey 88).  The main character in this poem appears to be a cat, who has passed away and is being buried.  The cat is two dimensional and flat.  The cat is only described by color and fur type.  The bowl in the title is never described in the poem and is only mentioned as being buried with the cat.  This poem is interesting, because it is the very absence of detail that helps make it powerful.  The subjects in the poem who are mourning the loss of their cat understand that compared to the rest of the world this is a small thing but the loss is still very strong for them.   The cat seems to be have been left nondescript, in order to help others understand this could represent anyone’s loss.  

Reply 2 (50 words) rod

For this discussion post, I chose “Listening at the door” by Patricia Smith. The main characters in the poem are the daughter and her mother. The daughter seems to be the flat, or two-dimensional, character while her mother is three-dimensional. The reason I say this is because the daughter doesn’t do anything other than listen to what is happening with her mother. It is through the daughter that we learn that her mother seems to do this occasionally and appears to be looking for love.  When Patricia Smith wrote “pretended she could shine above hurting?”, I felt like I could relate to that feeling. That imperfect feeling. This reasoning is why I believe the mother is a three-dimensional character.

Discussion 2 ( 100 words)

In what ways does the poem utilize setting? How does the poem’s setting interplay with the rest of the poem? What language and diction does the poet use to create that setting? Use the poem provided below

Jane Kenyon

The Blue Bowl

Like primitives we buried the cat

with his bowl. Bare-handed

we scraped sand and gravel

back into the hole.

They fell with a hiss

and thud on his side,

on his long red fur, the white feathers

between his toes, and his

long, not to say aquiline, nose.

We stood and brushed each other off.

There are sorrows keener than these.

Silent the rest of the day, we worked,

ate, stared, and slept. It stormed

all night; now it clears, and a robin

burbles from a dripping bush

like the neighbor who means well

but always says the wrong thing.

Starkey, D. (2021). Creative Writing (4th Edition). Macmillan Higher Education.

Reply 1 ( 50 words) sara

For this discussion, the poem I chose was, “It’s Raining in Honolulu,” by Joy Harjo. There was a couple of ways Harjo utilized setting. Just from the title of the poem, I could imagine a tropical place with mountains and beaches surrounding me. Furthermore, in the first line Harjo says, “There is a small mist at the brow of the mountain,” I can imagine a mixture of mist and dewiness surrounding the mountains after it rains. Harjo then continues to speak on how the rain is needed for the flowers needing to flourish and how it can provide the plants to prevent it from dying. I interpreted this from the last sentence of the poem when Harjo says, “We will plant songs where there were curses.” One dictation shown in the poem was, “each leaf of flower, of taro, tree and bush shiver with ecstasy,” as this describes how the leaves are acting after the rain. One simile shown in the poem is, “Rain opens us, like flowers, or earth that has been thirsty for more than a season.” These examples of language and dictation play a role in the setting to show how the rain affects the overall environment and nature in Honolulu. 

Reply 2 ( 50 words) rod

I chose “Small Kindnesses” by Danusha Laméris for this discussion topic. I chose this topic because of its interesting choice of setting, or rather, its unique way of describing multiple settings. The overall setting appears to be in the thoughts of the unknown character. With each amplifying and continuous thought of the character, the setting changes to a generalized location. For example, In the first few lines when Laméris wrote, “We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot, and to say thank you to the person handing it.”, I instantly imagined a Starbucks or a Dunkin Donuts(but it can be any coffee shop). Each time Laméris described a “small kindness” I could picture those locations where the action was taking place. 


The Unit 1 Poem assignment is wide open: Write a poem in second- or third-person. Formal or free verse, rhyme or no rhyme, it’s up to you. In the end, there is no better way to learn to write poetry than to write poetry. Do your best to consider and work in the various writing concepts we’ve discussed in the course thus far. If you have trouble coming up with ideas, look over the “KICK-STARTS:  Beginning Your Poems” exercises on pages 73-75 of your eText.   Keep the following guidelines in mind:

· Poem must be new, and written for/during this course.

· Poem must be 14 lines or longer.

· Poem must incorporate figurative language, imagery, rich details, voice, and avoid clichés.

· Poem’s line breaks must show deliberate choice, underlining content.

· Poem must be written in second- or third-person.

· Poem must be single-spaced, written in Times New Roman, 12-point font, with one-inch margins all around.

Spend a lot of time in revision with this piece and work to polish it thoroughly. Strive for clarity over obscurity, abstractions and generalities. Make sure as many of the five senses are active, present, and alive in the poem as possible.


Discussion 1 (250 words)

There are different types of research studies (for example, empirical, case studies, reviews, etc.). Compare and contrast two different types of research studies. In which situations would one be more suitable over another? How do investigators decide which type of research to pursue?

Discussion 2 ( 250 words)

What does it mean for a source to be peer-reviewed? Why is peer-review important in social and behavioral sciences? How do you plan to incorporate peer-reviewed research into your final paper for this course?


Search for a peer-reviewed academic journal article that is relevant to your research question and prepare a critique. It should:

· identify the author’s main research question.

· briefly describe the study.

· provide an analysis and evaluation of the methods, results/findings and conclusion.

Your critique should be approximately 500 words (about 250 words per page) written in APA format including a cover page and references (unless an exception is made with the instructor to use ASA format). Critiques are to be written in the third person and use proper grammar with no spelling errors or typos.

My research question stated below

Research question

What are the perceptions of university students toward mental health? 

The rationale for the research

This study is critical because many students do not have adequate knowledge about mental health, which influences their attitudes and practices. Therefore, the knowledge gained will reveal the knowledge that students have about mental health. It will also show the attitudes the students bear and the practices that students carry out concerning coping strategies or practices which enable them to seek help. The findings will, in turn, help them take care of their mental health and well-being, which will improve their academic performance and make them become wholesome individuals in society.

A specific focus of the question you plan to examine.

Knowledge, attitudes and practices that students carry out with regards to addressing mental health problems.


Kokou-Kpolou, C. K., Jumageldinov, A., Park, S., Nieuviarts, N., Noorishad, P. G., & Cénat, J. M. (2021). Prevalence of Depressive Symptoms and Associated Psychosocial Risk Factors among French University Students: the Moderating and Mediating Effects of Resilience. The Psychiatric quarterly, 1-15.

Chi, X., Becker, B., Yu, Q., Willeit, P., Jiao, C., Huang, L., Hossain, M. M., Grabovac, I., Yeung, A., Lin, J., Veronese, N., Wang, J., Zhou, X., Doig, S. R., Liu, X., Carvalho, A. F., Yang, L., Xiao, T., Zou, L., Fusar-Poli, P., … Solmi, M. (2020). Prevalence and Psychosocial Correlates of Mental Health Outcomes Among Chinese College Students During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic. Frontiers in psychiatry, 11, 803.

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