Project #81968 - Paper #1: Close Reading

Paper #1

Close Reading / Scholarship Assessment


For this paper you will choose ONE poem from the following list to close read and research.


“Dover Beach” / Matthew Arnold, page 607

“The Unknown Citizen” / W. H. Auden, see link

Forgiving My Father” / Lucille Clifton, page 261

Singapore” / Mary Oliver, page 138

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent” / John Milton, page 69

“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” / Dylan Thomas, page 1320


Part I of Paper #1:


Read the poem at least 5 times.

Write a paragraph for each of the following elements of poetry:

speaker and tone

diction and syntax

figures of speech


rhythm and music



You will need to refer to PAGE 144 of MLM to complete these six paragraphs. Each paragraph should consist of a minimum of 8- 10 developed sentences. You should use examples from the poem itself, remembering to use MLA in-text citations and preparing a Works Cited page.


Part II of Paper #1:

Find and read 2 secondary articles about your poem on one of the college’s databases.

Use JStor, Artemis Literary Sources, and ProjectMuse. Do not use

other databases or Internet sites. Do not use overviews or reviews

as scholarly sources.

Write a one-half page synopsis of the article. Directly below the

synopsis write a one-half page opinion about the article.


For each of the 2 pages of Part II, provide a correctly formatted

MLA citation at the top of each page, directly above the synopsis.


When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

John Milton1608 - 1674


When I consider how my light is spent,
   Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
   And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
   My true account, lest He returning chide;
   “Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
   Either man’s work or His own gifts. Who best
   Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed,
   And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
   They also serve who only stand and wait.”

Subject English
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