Blog Prompt: “If I Told Him” is Stein’s poem about her relationship with Pablo Picasso, her close friend.
- Using your reading journal, read this poem aloud and share with us a few of your reactions.
- Read a second time and list the four words that stick out to you the most in this poem. If this is a poem about Stein’s relationship with Picasso, what might these four words suggest about these two artists and/or their relationship?
- What is the effect of all of the repetition of this poem? Does it make meaning or take away meaning?
- How do you see Stein engaging with Cubism given the style of her poem? (Use the brief reading to help you with this).