Project #28595 - Poetry essay

For your final essay, you will select a poem and your approach, or form of analysis.  You will write a (minimum) 750 -1000 word, five paragraph essay analyzing one of the poems listed below, or one of your choosing (as long as I approve it first).  Your poem selection is important; you should choose a poem of depth that requires you to use your critical thinking skills.    Also, since the words of a poem are significant, their definitions may help your analysis of the poem.  Therefore, you must use a dictionary (online or book) to define at least 2 words from the poem, in addition to your regular research requirement.   Overall, your essay should provide a thorough analysis of the poem

The object of this assignment is for you to find meaning in poetry.  I will not judge your interpretation if you can give evidence from the poem and/or outside sources to support your analysis.

Minimum Quotations: 

            5 direct quotations from the poem

            2 direct or indirect quotations from outside source (book/database)

            2 definitions from a dictionary.

Citations: The format for quotations and in-text parenthetical citations for poetry are different! Don’t forget to use slash marks (/) to indicate line breaks and line numbers in the in-text citations

Sources: In addition to the primary text (poem), you must use at least 1 outside source.  This source can be either a book or an article from an online database.  You may use additional (reliable) sources from the Internet as long as you first meet the book/database requirement.

Don’t forget the your dictionary definition requirement. 

Works Cited Page: Required, and may not count as part of the page/word requirement. 

Reminders: MLA Format

                        No contractions

                          Do not use the pronouns ‘I’ or ‘you’

                        Use proper quotation format/integration

                        Use proper parenthetical citations and poetry documentation format

Be sure to have an original title, a complete introduction with a thesis statement as the last sentence of your intro paragraph (full name of author and full title of work must be in the thesis) and a complete conclusion paragraph (no new info in the conclusion).

*Refer to the speaking persona in a poem as the speaker – not the narrator, author, etc. 

The Essay Grading Criteria for this essay is slightly different:

Content (20pts) Critical Thinking (20pts) Communication (20pts)


Quotations (10pts) Documentation (15pts) Outside Source (15pts)

You might choose any of these poems-

Sonnet 18                                                        William Shakespeare  

The Day of Judgment                                      Jonathan Swift

The Chimney Sweeper                                     William Blake

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time            Robert Herrick

She Walks in Beauty                                        George Gordon, Lord Byron

When We Two Parted                                      George Gordon, Lord Byron

Love’s Philosophy                                           Percy Bysshe Shelley

La Belle Dame sans Merci                               John Keats

Lines on the Mermaid Tavern                          John Keats

When the Lamp is Shattered                            Percy Bysshe Shelley

When You Are Old                                          William Butler Yeats

How Do I Love Thee                                       Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Porphryia’s Lover                                            Robert Browning

I wandered lonely as a cloud                           William Wordsworth

The Author to Her Book                                  Anne Bradstreet

A Psalm of Life                                               Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Arrow and the Song                                  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

O Captain! My Captain!                                   Walt Whitman

Charge of the Light Brigade                             Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Because I Could Not Stop for Death                Emily Dickinson

We Wear the Mask                                          Paul Laurence Dunbar

A Dream Within a Dream                                Edgar Allan Poe

Annabel Lee                                                    Edgar Allan Poe

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 04/26/2014 12:00 am
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