Lamentations poem response
Read the poem “Lamentations” (see uploaded PDF). It was inspired by the Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament and was written just after the Trayvon Martin shooting. Sadly, the shootings have continued, and the poem had to to be updated to cover the killings of men like Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
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Discuss whether you think poetry, like this one, is an appropriate way of addressing such a serious issue. What good does it do? Can literature, of any kind, make a difference in real world problems? Feel free to comment on the poem as well.