I really like poetry, and literature in general, that serves a social purpose as well as a literary one. I was very drawn to this poem because it does that without being at all didactic or overly obvious. The poem draws its strength more from the reader’s reaction to the different things that are mentioned then from what explicitly happens in the rhetoric of the poem itself. I thought that would be an interesting type of poetry to read aloud. Presenting in front of the class was very different than I expected. Ellis makes many allusions to a wide variety of different things, including individuals, groups of people, social conditions, and more. When I read the poem, many of those allusions immediately reminded me of something that I knew either from history or literature. Some of the allusions, such as the use of the word Oreo, spoke directly to things I have experienced in my own life. I just assumed that when I presented the poem, everyone would react the same way to those illusions as I did. However, once I was standing in front of the classroom, I realized that my response was actually very personal, and that everyone in the class would have an equally unique approach to the poem. If/when I present poems in the future, I will try to remember that and focus more on explaining my personal connection to the poem instead of assuming that everyone else shares that connection.