Instructions: Answer the following exam question and support your interpretation with evidence gained from a close reading of the text. Make sure to identify and analyze the author’s use of literary devices.

 Your final exam should be a multi-paragraph essay that follows the conventions of standard English grammar and usage, as well as MLA in-text citation rules for the quotation of the poem or the other text read in class.

Exam Question: In the poem, “Gardening,” by Rhina P. Espaillat, the speaker discovers many things while digging in dirt.  What are some of the meanings of “gardening” for the speaker?

 In your conclusion, connect this poem to at least one other text you have read this semester.

Must identify and use these literary devices: images, symbols, phallic objects, Yonic objects, metaphors used in poem,