Find a writer who has access to those books it’s called Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, SEVENTH Compact Edition, InteractiveEdition, Eds. X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia.
ESSAY 2 POETRY PAPER ASSIGNMENT
Use the following guidelines to help you write the poetry paper:
Choose any poem(s) from the poetry chapters in your book called Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, SEVENTH Compact Edition, InteractiveEdition, Eds. X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. You have a number of options for paper topics, as follows:
PICK ONE OPTION ONLY!, from the below choices.-You may choose to write a detailed, specific explication of one poem, using the questions and poetry language and concepts discussed in all of the poetry lectures to apply to the poem you choose, as well poetry information from your literary anthology to support your points.
–Or you may choose a particular characteristic or poetic device and show how that device is used to achieve the poet’s goals in three or more poems.
–Another choice is to compare and contrast two or more poets in their treatment of a specific theme.
The paper should be about 1,500-2,000 words
Use the sample student essays in the chapters on poetry as models.
Include the following elements in your paper:
Paraphrase the poem line by line.
Cite specific words, phrases, and lines often to support the points you are making. Or you may take the opposite approach and cite a line, several lines, or a stanza followed by the points you wish to make.
You need to mentioned the five stories you’ve selected, in your intro, so that the reader of your essay knows specifically that you’re focusing your discussion of &quot;character&quot; on these five stories (not waiting until each body paragraph to give story titles.) Also, titles of short stories should be put in &quot;quotes,&quot; and book titles should be italicized (as per MLA).
This paper may be organized any way you choose, but the three most common patterns are these: Use the poem itself as the basis of organization, making all points about certain lines following a quotation of those lines; or you can use the lecture questions as the basis, making all points and citing lines under each question; or you can use the terminology to explicate the poem, dividing the paper into (perhaps) Sound Devices, Structure, Figurative Language, Diction, and Meaning (theme). Regardless of your organizational pattern, the paper must include a discussion of all of these elements; it should not be a paper based only on your personal responses to the poem(s) or your understanding of themes.
FURTHER THOUGHTS/IDEAS TO HELP YOU WITH ESSAY 2 / THE POETRY PAPER
During our poetry unit, we will have asked a number of questions that help us in our analysis and evaluation of poetry. But underlying all of those considerations is one of the most important questions of all:
What is the theme or meaning of the poem?
We are familiar with the concept of theme from other genres, so we remember that theme is similar to a thesis in nonfiction–it is the controlling idea of the poem, the perspective which the poet wishes readers to address. As you write your poetry papers this week, part of your analysis and evaluation of the poem(s) you choose to write about will be your understanding the meaning of the poem(s).
Certainly, the devices a poet uses are related to theme, as is true for all of the elements of fiction (plot, setting, characters, point of view), but it is important to realize that unless we can articulate the theme of a poem, we have not fully understood its complete meaning.
One of the most foolproof ways to be sure that we understand a poem’s meaning is to paraphrase the poem, line by line. Putting the poet’s words into our own makes us read more carefully, check definitions, think about the range of meanings suggested by a symbol, image, or other poetic device, and to read &amp;quot;between the lines.&amp;quot;
Restating a poem in different language often makes puzzling parts of the poem clear. The paraphrase, together with an examination of the poetic devices, will lead us to an understanding of theme.
Here are some final questions to ask about the poems you choose to use in Essay 2 / the Poetry Paper
What is the &amp;quot;plain sense&amp;quot; of the poem? What exactly does the poem say (not what you think it ought to say)?
Can you write a paragraph(s) that translates the meaning of the poem into understandable, common English prose?
What is the central idea, thesis, or theme of the poem? Is it individualized or generalized?
What observations about nature, life, human nature, or other general topics are made in the poem?
On which levels can a reader respond to the poem: emotional, sensual, imaginative, intellectual?
THESIS STATEMENT = A ONE-SENTENCE STATEMENT WHICH STATES THE SUBJECT AND FOCUS OF YOUR PAPER. PLEASE INCLUDE A SOLID THESIS STATEMENT IN YOUR INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH.
Skim the student paper models in Chapters 38 and 39. Any of these models will serve to make sure you are on the right track as far as the content of the paper.
Read Chapter 42 on &amp;quot;Writing A Research Paper&amp;quot; as well as Chapter 44, “Critical Approaches to Literature,” to help you think through your focus and support your perspectives.
Pay close attention to the section on MLA documentation in Chapter 42.
Document your paper according to MLA guidelines. Your paper must include parenthetical citations and a list of Works Cited for the stories you choose (with your course textbook serving as their source.)
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