Great Gullet Creek by Laure-Anne Bosselaar is a poem that’s rich in imagery and sensory details. Even if you’ve never been to Bosselaar’s native country of Belgium, she uses such rich descriptive details that she allows readers to experience a small slice of Belgium for themselves.
For this assignment, you should read “Great Gullet Creek” out loud at least two times. What do you notice? What images stand out to you? How does Bosselaar engage the various senses such as touch and hearing?
I’d like you to write a 250+ word original response that focuses on the role of imagery in the poem. Your response should be double-spaced and in MLA format. Please note that your response paper will be submitted through Turnitin, a plagiarism detection tool.
The below questions are intended to serve as a guide and a jumping-off point for you. You do not need to include answers to the questions in your response paper.
- Define the following words “polders,” “brood,” “congruent,” “froth,” “forlorn,” “muskrat,” “gales,” “Quasimodo,” “acrid,” “loam,” “taciturn,” and “bellow.”
- What is the role of the poem’s first five stanzas? What do they help establish in the poem?
- This narrative poem takes place in a specific year and place. What do we know about the time and place? Who is the poem’s speaker?
- What do we learn about the “oldest farmer” who accompanies the speaker to the fisherman’s cabin?
- “Greek Gullet Creek” is a poem that’s rich in imagery and sensory details. Find your favorite sensory detail in the poem and describe what it is that you like about it.
- What is the subject of the poem?
- What is the poem’s tone?
- Do you like the poem? Why or why not?