Welcome to the Week 5 discussion board! This week our course readings focus on symbol, allegory, and
irony. As I mentioned in my lecture, I’d like you to complete a close reading of Nickole Brown’s poem “Pepsi
(Links to an external site.)” from her collection Fanny Says (2015). On a basic level, the poem is about
Nickole’s grandmother’s love of Pepsi. Fanny is the name of Nickole’s grandmother. I have a few questions
to get us started this week. As always, I invite you to pose any questions that arise for you. Also, please
feel free to discuss any poems that stand out to you from chapter 15.
1. What does Pepsi symbolize to Fanny? Please include textual evidence to support your answer.
2. What do we as readers learn about Fanny from her loyalty to Pepsi?
3. What is your favorite line from the poem and what is it that you like about it?
4. Do you like the poem? Why or why not?