Put Rich’s “North America Time” and Lorde’s “Sisters in Arms” in conversation with each other around one of the questions below. Both poems are personal lyrics, where the I is of the poet. Use evidence from each poem and ask two debatable questions.
1. What does it mean to protest? What do you see these two poems protesting? Can a lyric poem be a form of protest? What would be its limits as a form of protest or its strengths?
2. How do you see these two poems navigating the personal and the political? What imagery and historical/political references do you find interwoven with more personal details of the poet’s life? Does this change the nature of the personal I?