October 29, 2006
Personalizing Emmett Till's Story
Words evoke emotions. Marilyn Nelson expresses her thoughts and feeling in sonnet form. In our project, we chose to create an oral poetic reading based off our personal feelings from Nelson's work. What piece of Marilyn Nelson's "A Wreath for Emmett Till" has evoked your emotional and personal feelings?
Posted by at October 29, 2006 8:22 PM | Emmett Till
The negitivity in the story, not of Marilyn Nelson's but of Emmett Till. The hate and anger that surrounds the end of his death. I like to think of my self as experienced in my emotions but when compared to the vile, putrid feelings of those who closed Emmett's book all too soon, I am bearly experiencing the shallow end of the pool. I feel everything is balenced and if there can be that much hate and anger in a soul, there can also be that much love and joy in a soul.
Posted by: Amy Moe at November 6, 2006 2:50 PM
The description of Emmett Till's death got to me the most. I was trying to exercise while reading the story and actually had to stop because the piece moved me so much. It was difficult to understand how a young boy could be so brutally murdered. To add to that atrocity, there was NO JUSTICE for those who were guilty. It is aggravating and depressing to imagine the taking of a life of anyone, but especially someone so young.
Posted by: Amanda Powers at November 11, 2006 3:47 PM
Just the whole idea of the story Emmett Till saddened me so much because hate crimes still exist today. When the author spoke of a wormhole into another universe it made my heart ache for emmett's mother who only wished for a safe world that her son could grow up in. A children's book like this has such an unbelievable message about the extreme hatred of humanity that by reading it, it makes you feel not all that cozy inside. Because it happened to a child, an innocent child who had done nothing to deserve this fate.
Posted by: Jayme Bennett at November 13, 2006 12:26 AM
For my groups blog we used the last sonnet. I think this one is the strongest because it is the last and it sums up the entire story. Each line provokes your thoughts to make up strong and moving images. I can also smell the flowers she describes. The things she is writing about is so vivid. I respect the other peices in this book because without them they could not have helped the author. I love the last peice because I feel it's a culmination of her thoughts and feelings of the events that surround Emmitt's death.
Posted by: Sarah at December 7, 2006 9:23 PM