Answer a one page question on a quote and answer a one page question on a poem

for the first assignment read the following short passage from what they remember, 1990a section of visual artist christian boltanski.

He told so many stories about his childhood, so many dubious anecdote about his family that, as he often said, he no longer knew what was true and what wasnt, he no longer had any memories of his childhood”.

write a one page essay on, discussing what you think this passage suggests about the nature of memory. How would you explain the paradox of memories being lost by so much effort at retelling them? comment on how a memory changes over time. Use an example of your own–a memory from your childhood that you ve returned to often and discuss how this memory has changed as you have thought and talked about it at various times in your life.

Poem
Respond to the following poem. one page.
look closely at the language in this poem by Mary Oliver-the use of specific punctuation and breaks are, the overall effect of the form on the poem. What ideas about a memory are conveyed? the mood? who is spoeaking? is there a scene recreated? or just more reflection?Moment?

You can
die for it–
an idea,
or the world. People

have done so,
brilliantly,
letting
their small bodies be bound

to the stake,
creating
an unforgettable
fury of light. But

this morning,
climbing the familiar hills
in the familiar
fabric of dawn, I thought

of China,
and India
and Europe, and I thought
how the sun

blazes
for everyone just
so joyfully
as it rises

under the lashes
of my own eyes, and I thought
I am so many!
What is my name?

What is the name
of the deep breath I would take
over and over
for all of us? Call it

whatever you want, it is
happiness, it is another one
of the ways to enter
fire.