- What was your favourite/least favourite poem? Why?
- How did you feel about the collection overall? Did you like/dislike it? Why?
- Did you notice any particularly striking uses of simile/metaphor?
- Could you relate to the subject matter of the poems?
- How did you feel about the language used?
- Paterson uses some unusual words within the poems and as titles - would you have liked footnotes or a glossary? Did the lack of one affect your reading of the poems?
- Quite a few of the poems were written in the sonnet form - did you feel that these were successful?
- Did you get much sense of the author or narrator from reading these poems?
- Did you notice any recurring themes and ideas within the collection?
- How did you feel about the title poem?
- How did you feel about the attitude to women in this collection?
- Did the collection feel too long/too short/just right?
- Would you seek out more of the author's work?
Exeunt - used as a stage direction to specify that all (or certain named) characters leave the stage.
Heliographer - A device for transmitting messages by reflecting sunlight.
Perigee - the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth.
Orchitis - inflammation of one or both of the testicles.
Obeah - a term used in the West Indies to refer to folk magic, sorcery, and religious practices developed among West African slaves, specifically of Igbo origin.