Describe the persona in “Boy Breaking Glass.” What do we know about the persona? How does the image alter or complicate your understanding of the poem?

Topic: Boy Breaking Glass

Describe the persona in “Boy Breaking Glass.” What do we know about the persona?

2. Why are some of the stanzas in quotation marks? Who is speaking in these stanzas? How is this different from the speaker of the remaining stanzas?

3. What does it mean for a broken window to be “a cry of art?”

4. The last stanza includes a list of things the persona does not have access to. What does this list represent?

5. In contrast the lines “runs. A sloppy amalgamation./ A mistake./ A cliff./ A hymn, a snare, and an exceeding sun.” describe what the persona does have. What does this list represent?

6. How does the image alter or complicate your understanding of the poem?

Describe the persona in “Boy Breaking Glass.” What do we know about the persona? How does the image alter or complicate your understanding of the poem?