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A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson
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Oct 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: african-american-issues, classroom-books-grade-7-8, poetry
Read in October, 2010

Nelson crafted an amazing work of art here with this melancholy, disturbing sonnet. I appreciate that she included educational supplementary materials; a synopsis of the Emmett Till story, commentary on all literary references to which she alludes, commentary on the poem itself, and insight into the writing process. Rich with symbolism, challenging vocabulary, and everything I love about poetry, I hope my more ambitious students will take the time to let Nelson take them where she wants them to go.

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