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?