Prepared by: Bob Sanchez
Posted on: Sun, 7 May 2006
"When lilacs last in the door-yard
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,
I mourn'd--and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring."
Walt Whitman writes these opening lines
about the death of Abraham
evoking a feeling of great sadness without immediately mentioning death
without ever mentioning the President. Later in the poem, he breaks a
of lilac. Birds warble their lament, church bells toll, long and
processions solemnly accompany a coffin, and the poet places the sprig
lilac on that coffin. The poem certainly mentions death, but you get a
clear idea of what's going on without those mentions.
In 300 words or less, write a scene, a
description, or a story
implying someone or something has died...a friend, a public figure or a
dream, a hope, an era, etc.
Try to avoid explicit references. Allow
the reader to sense what
happened, or perhaps infer it.
When critiquing a submission consider
whether the essay strikes an
appropriate mood, and whether the reader can deduce what's happened.
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