Project #17567 - essay

 

The following items are suggestions for your second term paper topic. The assignment is to compose a one thousand-word essay (about four typewritten pages), which treats one of the topics below in an organized coherent manner. These should be structured essays reflecting appropriate grammatical usage, correct syntax, etc.

Please use a title that suggests the content of the essay, not a title such as “Paper” or “Essay.” You should refer to at least one primary text (the work which is the subject of your essay), and two other sources (usually critical) in your argument. Direct quotation from primary or secondary sources should be indicated in a footnote.  

Use appropriate documentation in an acceptable format (APA or MLA) for bibliography and footnotes.

 

  1. Surrealist poetry is an attempt to "show the functioning of the mind." Using one or two poems by a surrealist poet, show how he attempts to accomplish this goal.
  2. The work of Allen Ginsberg often contains social commentary regarding the abuses of the culture as he saw it. Using a specific poem, examine some aspects of his critique of American society.
  3. Examine one (or more) of the thematic concerns of the "Beat Generation." in the work of Kerouac, Ginsberg or Burroughs. What were they trying to say in the work you are examining?
  4. Dylan Thomas' poetry and stories use a blend of lyricism and distorted imagery to create an unusual atmosphere. Examine a poem or story by Thomas and explain one or more of the techniques he uses to create this atmosphere.
  5. Examine a work in which "automatic writing" is used (e.g. "Soluble Fish by Andre Breton) and comment on the technique and your reaction to it.
  6. The Beats experimented with drug use and felt it had various effects on their writing, some of which were positive. Examine this issue with reference to a specific work. 
  7.  Examine a poem from the collection "Paroles" by Prevert, and explain how it functions as a work of surrealism.

      8. Examine a contemporary poem (lyrics to music) by Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen (or other contemporary poet or lyricist) in which they make reference to dream or unconscious materials and explain how the work functions. 
     
9. Examine a short story by Kafka other than one used in class, and examine the use of symbolism.

      10. Kafka's The Metamorphosis contains symbolism on a number of levels: social, theological, and psychological. By making reference to a specific incident  in the work, comment on the symbolism in the context of one of these levels of interpretation.  

      11. Examine a modern poem or lyrics to music and discuss the use of symbolism therein.

      12. Surrealism put "the psyche of the artist at the core of the work rather than an imitation of external reality." Explain this idea, giving an example or two from a surrealist text, film, or graphic work of art.  

      13. The dream has been used in many films as an element of the plot. Using a specific example from a film, explain how the dream is used in the context of the film.

      14. The surrealists asserted that "man is in search of a new language." What is meant by this? Give examples of such a search in the works of a modern author.

      15. Examine a poem by Rimbaud or Baudelaire and explain what the author is trying to express through the use of symbolism or other poetic devices.

     

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/02/2013 12:00 am
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