by Matsumura Goshun (Japanese, 1752–1811). Date: 18th century. Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper. Dimensions: 69 x 37 7/8 in. Credit line: The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, etc. metmuseum.org.
The following activities and questions are designed to help your students use their noticing skills to move through the poem and develop their thinking about its meaning with confidence, using what they’ve noticed as evidence for their interpretations. Read more about the framework upon which these activities are based.
In her essay “The Bond of Living Things: Poems of Ancestry,” Toi Derricotte writes, “In the end, our connection to the past is more than a personal connection; it places us within a lifeline that extends before and beyond us, it places and holds us between the wings of something vast and eternal.” Read more.