For your final essay, you will select a poem and your approach, or form of analysis. You will write a (minimum) 750 -1000 word, five paragraph essay analyzing one of the poems listed below, or one of your choosing (as long as I approve it first). Your poem selection is important; you should choose a poem of depth that requires you to use your critical thinking skills. Also, since the words of a poem are significant, their definitions may help your analysis of the poem. Therefore, you must use a dictionary (online or book) to define at least 2 words from the poem, in addition to your regular research requirement. Overall, your essay should provide a thorough analysis of the poem.
The object of this assignment is for you to find meaning in poetry. I will not judge your interpretation if you can give evidence from the poem and/or outside sources to support your analysis.
5 direct quotations from the poem
2 direct or indirect quotations from outside source (book/database)
2 definitions from a dictionary.
Citations: The format for quotations and in-text parenthetical citations for poetry are different! Don’t forget to use slash marks (/) to indicate line breaks and line numbers in the in-text citations
Sources: In addition to the primary text (poem), you must use at least 1 outside source. This source can be either a book or an article from an online database. You may use additional (reliable) sources from the Internet as long as you first meet the book/database requirement.
Don’t forget the your dictionary definition requirement.
Works Cited Page: Required, and may not count as part of the page/word requirement.
Reminders: MLA Format
Do not use the pronouns ‘I’ or ‘you’
Use proper quotation format/integration
Use proper parenthetical citations and poetry documentation format
Be sure to have an original title, a complete introduction with a thesis statement as the last sentence of your intro paragraph (full name of author and full title of work must be in the thesis) and a complete conclusion paragraph (no new info in the conclusion).
*Refer to the speaking persona in a poem as the speaker – not the narrator, author, etc.
The Essay Grading Criteria for this essay is slightly different:
Content (20pts) Critical Thinking (20pts) Communication (20pts)
Quotations (10pts) Documentation (15pts) Outside Source (15pts)
You might choose any of these poems-
Sonnet 18 William Shakespeare
The Day of Judgment Jonathan Swift
The Chimney Sweeper William Blake
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick
She Walks in Beauty George Gordon, Lord Byron
When We Two Parted George Gordon, Lord Byron
Love’s Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley
La Belle Dame sans Merci John Keats
Lines on the Mermaid Tavern John Keats
When the Lamp is Shattered Percy Bysshe Shelley
When You Are Old William Butler Yeats
How Do I Love Thee Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Porphryia’s Lover Robert Browning
I wandered lonely as a cloud William Wordsworth
The Author to Her Book Anne Bradstreet
A Psalm of Life Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Arrow and the Song Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman
Charge of the Light Brigade Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Because I Could Not Stop for Death Emily Dickinson
We Wear the Mask Paul Laurence Dunbar
A Dream Within a Dream Edgar Allan Poe
Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poe
|Due By (Pacific Time)||04/26/2014 12:00 am|
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