Understanding strength

17 Mar

I think it is important that students come to understand that literature is not simply created by Westerners.  It is also important for students to learn to value literary texts that speak to experiences and places that are unfamiliar to them.

With these principles in mind, I want my students to read and discuss Chenjerai Hove’s poem ‘The Strength of the Republic‘.  The poem engages with the concept of strength, and seeks to shift the focus from strength as demonstrated in physical and violent terms.

This poem offers students an opportunity to reflect upon the notion that power can be measured in ways that have nothing to do with physicality.  Indeed, it is this kind of discussion that will help to make my students conceptual thinkers.

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