In this assignment you will:
1. Develop an analysis of one poem.
2. Learn and use appropriate essay structure and format for an academic assignment.
Write a clear, concise, and focused essay of approximately 1000 words on ONE of the poems in your textbook. In writing this essay, please follow the +/- 10% rule; that is, write no less than 900 words and no more than 1100 words. Please underline or italicize your thesis statement and your topic sentences for each paragraph.
In your analysis of the poem, you must decide upon the theme of the poem—the main idea that the poet makes about his subject material—and then demonstrate how three separate aesthetic elements of the poem contribute to developing the theme. Although you should choose the elements that best suit your poem, some of the most useful elements are the following: setting, structure, diction, figurative language and allusions, prosody (sound & rhythm), tone, and point of view. If you choose to talk about figurative language or prosody, which are BROAD categories, please indicate which aspects of both you are discussing.
THIS ESSAY MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
It must have an interesting introduction of 5-6 sentences; the introduction should present/contextualize the subject material and have a clearly stated thesis that is in the proper location.
It must have a conclusion of 3-5 sentences.
It must have at least three evenly developed BODY paragraphs with clearly stated topic sentences that indicate the subject of the paragraph and connect back to the thesis.
It must discuss three separate textual elements from the poem, such as structure, prosody, and metaphors.
Each paragraph must include one brief quote (no more than 2 quoted lines) and other necessary references to the text; that is, each paragraph must use specific and sensible details to make its claims. Each paragraph must not be unnecessarily vague.
To get the best mark possible on all your essays, be sure you can answer the following in the affirmative before you hand in your work.
1. I have carefully followed assignment instructions.
2. I have followed the conventions of the academic essay.
3. I have used appropriate literary theory, concepts, and terminology.
4. I have developed main and sub-points with sufficient evidence from the work(s) and outside sources where required.
5. I have acknowledged all paraphrased, summarized, and quoted evidence with in-text citations.
6. I have cross-referenced those citations on a Works Cited page.
7. I have carefully followed the conventions of language use (grammar, spelling/usage, punctuation, and mechanics).
8. I have provided continuity within and between paragraphs with effective transitions.
9. I have used a consistent point of view throughout the essay.
10. I have demonstrated my personal writing style for appropriate tone and overall impact.
Poetry Essay Evaluation Guide Excellent/
Strong Very Good/
Good Satisfactory Weak: Needs
-The introduction presents/ contextualizes the subject material
-Thesis statement is clear.
-Thesis matches with what you have written in the body of our essay.
-The essay includes adequate
and appropriate content details.
-The writer presents strong, well-developed, and original arguments.
-The writer analyzes three distinct aesthetic elements.
-Th -The paragraphs are intelligently unified, coherent, and well developed.
-To-Topic sentences reflect your view on the component of the term you are defining.
Qu -Quotations are used appropriately and accurately.
The conclusion sums up the main points and thesis effectively.
In-text citations and reference entries are accurate.
-Writing on the technical level is sound, especially in regard to sentence.
YOUR ESSAY WILL BE MARKED ACCORDING TO HOW WELL IT FOLLOWS THE ABOVE CRITERIA, HOW WELL IT CONSTRUCTS ITS ARGUMENT, AND HOW WELL IT PRESENTS EFFECTIVE AND ERROR-FREE PROSE.