Essay # 2 – Poetry
Formal papers are polished essays designed to demonstrate understanding of the genre we are studying. Formal papers must be well organized, and they must clearly support an arguable and provable thesis. Clarity is a must, and papers must focus on literary analysis and interpretation--no plot summary. No outside sources allowed for this essay.
Paper Topics: please pick one from below - (poems must be selected from the syllabus and can include those found with in Chapter 10 )
1. Explicate one poem from your text. Your analysis should include a discussion of the speaker, imagery, word choice, tone, and figures of speech (simile, metaphor, and any other literary term.).
2. Contrast two poems from your text that deal with related topics and/or themes. Your analysis should include a discussion of the speaker, imagery, word choice, tone, and figures of speech (simile, metaphor, and any other literary term). Consider asking yourself the question, “what brings these poems together and what is their message?”
Minimum requirements for your paper are as follows:
❖ Length requirement: 750 words min. (you must reach at least 700 words) ❖ MLA format (proper heading, title, double-spacing, etc.) ❖ Formal papers must be written in 3rd person--(he, she, it, the reader, etc.), no 1st person (I, we) or 2nd person (you). ❖ The paper should consist of at least 5 paragraphs
❖ Works Cited page, properly documented using MLA format, should be included as a separate page at the end of the paper (this does not count as part of the 500 words) ❖ All quotes must be documented within the paper, using in-text citations (last name and line number) ... i.e. (lines 1-2) please see MLA guidelines for citing poetry ❖ No more than 10% of the total paper should be quoted material; the majority of the paper should be analysis ❖ The paper should be proofread carefully ... grammar errors only distract the...
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