Have you ever had a favorite superhero? If so, who is your favorite superhero? Is it Batman, Superman, Spiderman, or another? What are some characteristics that your superhero has? How does your superhero relate to Ponyboy, Dally, or Johnny from The Outsiders? What kind of characteristics do Ponyboy, Dally, and Johnny share with your superhero? In what parts of the book are Ponyboy, Dally, and Johnny superheroes? Please explain.
Robert Frost, a great American poet, wrote the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” which Ponyboy recites in The Outsiders. Be prepared to talk about this wonderful poem this week in class, and what it means in regards to this story. I want you to have some background knowledge of Robert Frost, and I also want you to read two other famous poems of his, which some of you might already be familiar with. Please visit the following link to learn more about Robert Frost’s biography. On the right hand side menu bar, I want you to read “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken,” which has an audio bar where you can listen to Frost himself recite his poem. When you have finished, I would like you to answer the following questions:
Which poem do you like better and why? What does the poem mean to you, (what is it saying?) and what is it about the poem that you like so much? How does it make you feel? Remember, poetry is written to invoke a certain feeling in the reader. What words or phrases add to this feeling?