English 394 – Literature for Young Adults
Grant T. Smith, Ph. D.
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This – Discussion Questions
 
 
After a hundred years
Nobody knows the Place
Agony that enacted there
Motionless as Peace

 

Weeds triumphant ranged

Strangers strolled and spelled

At the lone Orthography

Of the Elder Dead

 

Winds of Summer Fields

Recollect the way—

Instinct picking up the Key

Dropped by memory

 

Why do you think Woodson chose the first stanza as a prologue for her book?