Analysis Essay on a Poem

Question Description

The purpose of this activity is to prepare you, by looking at a model essay, to write an analysis essay with an argumentative thesis on a poem using the techniques of a New Critic.


  1. Read the following:
  2. Write a response to each of the following prompts about this essay, creating four separate sections or including all of the information in a paragraph with transitions indicating a change in topic:
    • Write the author's argumentative thesis statement in this essay (What argument is the author making throughout this essay about the poem?).
    • List the elements of a Close Reading the author of the essay uses to prove his thesis.
    • Write the central "main idea" the author uses to support the thesis in each of the three paragraphs.
    • Copy and paste the sentence that you think is the conclusion.

3. Post your answers

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