Background: Review the following material on writing
essays as necessary:
Introduction to Literature: Chapters 18 and 19
The Writer's Toolbox (attached).
focuses on using poetry as your content. You will choose one of the poems we
have read in class. You must choose one of these poems.
You will be writing
a well-developed essay on the topic below, using MLA format, analyzing the
topic listed. Your essay should be 450-500 words in
length. Use this rubric to assist in understanding how this work
will be graded: /content/enforced/89260-003470-01-2158-OL4-7982/RubricforAssessment of
This worksheet can
help you to set up the components of the essay as described below: /content/enforced/89260-003470-01-2158-OL4-7982/Worksheet for Poetry
Topic: Write an analysis of the poem story using
two essential elements of the poem as we have discussed in class.
Write an analysis of your chosen poem to demonstrate how the poem’s main idea
can be understood by application of your chosen two elements. So it will also be important that you can
effectively state the main idea of the poem to set up the premise of your
analysis. It will also be important that you choose the elements which best
suit the purpose of the poem’s main idea.
Keep in mind that the
purpose of an analysis essay is to demonstrate how parts of something
contribute to the whole. So here you are using two literary elements to
explain how they support the main idea of the poem.
Content: You can use the element you presented
in the discussion; however, please note, you should be certain that revision
of that posting is appropriate to its use in this essay. Just copying and
pasting it may not effectively present the material as content for the essay.
You should use any feedback you receive on the posting to help you to revise
it to suit the essay's new purpose.
Do not use any
outside sources other than the poem and explanation of the elements from our
textbook. The analysis
should be your own based on your understanding of the material we have
covered in class.
You are choosing one
poem and analyzing it using two of the elements listed above. Whichever
element you select, you are always connecting that element to the meaning of
the poem and the purpose of your paper. Be aware that an essay about
plot is NOT a plot summary. Your plot summary, if you must have one,
should be no longer than one short paragraph (5-6 sentences).
Sentence Level and
MLA: Your writing should
be carefully proofed for sentence-level concerns. It should be documented
according to MLA documentation in the form of parenthetical citations and a
Works Cited page (work from an anthology).
Reflection: When complete, upload your work to the
Assignment Folder within the link "Poetry Essay" by the deadline.
In the comment box, provide an overview of your writing process for this
essay. Also note two areas which you would like me to focus closely on, such
as thesis statement and topic sentences.