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Help w/Leader of the Synagogue by Michael Ventura
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 10, 2004 04:08PM

Author: Kasey (---.treca.org)
Date: 05-10-04 14:11

I need to find a theme(s) (and an explaination as to why that is the theme) for the poem The Leader of the Synagogue, by MIchael Ventura. Thanks for your help!


Re: Help w/Leader of the Synagogue by Michael Ventura
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 10, 2004 04:24PM

Kasey, the poem is probably under copyright. But it is available in SUN magazine, December 2001.

Here's a discussion and excerpt from the poem:

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Les


Re: Help w/Leader of the Synagogue by Michael Ventura
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: May 11, 2004 03:45PM


START by reading the passages from THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK that are being retold in the poem:

The woman who touches Jesus' robe: MARK 5:25-33.

The little girl recalled to life: MARK 5: 38-42.

("Talitha, cumi" is translated as "Little girl, arise." But I'll tell you something you can use in your paper: CUMI isn't as formal as "arise." It just means "come to me." It's what you would say to a baby who was learning to walk.)

THEN ask yourself WHY the poem tells the story in this particular way:
WHY is it in the present tense?
WHY is it written in the second person: "you" and "your daughter," etc.?
WHAT PURPOSE is served by the lines that are NOT re-tellings of Mark. WHY are those lines there?

And that's pretty much your paper.




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