English Composition II
Poetry Paper Assignment Three Rough Draft Due: see syllabus Final Draft Due: see syllabus Minimum: Three Full pages or more (Max 5) Two outside sources. (not including Works Cited) For this assignment, you will explore the elements of poetry. You will concentrate your main argument for this paper on analyzing a poem or poems you choose from source materials on Blackboard. Should you choose other selections, let me know so that I can determine that they fit the assignment. One tendency readers of poetry tend to have is to inject a storyline into our readings of poetry. While it is true that some poems have storylines, the main characteristic of a poem is to pull our attention toward experience and ideas. In other words, the images, tone, metaphorical comparisons, similes, rhythms, diction, and so on that the authors create guide us to think about the ideas that are implied by the poems. The storylines in poetry usually become secondary as a result, even though they, too, may aid in implying the main ideas. So, your task will be to explain what those ideas may be and how those ideas are expressed. Added Requirement: Integrate a minimum of two secondary sources. The sources can be literary, non-literary, either, or both. Suggestions: In your paper, cover at least four of the major elements of poetry used by the author in the poem or poems you choose. This applies to each of the following suggested options: 1. Find two or more poems that express similar or contrasting themes. Compare and contrast the methods that their authors use in their writing to get these ideas and experiences across to us. As part of the thesis and focus of your compare and contrast paper, give a purpose for comparing and contrasting. To reveal the similarities and differences is not enough. 2. Find more than one poem by the same author. Choose your original poem from the reading list on the syllabus, first. Then, if there is not another poem by the same author on the syllabus, you may choose one from the textbook. Compare and contrast the author’s use of the poetic elements. Demonstrate and explain how both of the author’s pieces generally express his or her main ideas. 3. You may choose to focus on one poem by one particular author. Pick this poem from the reading list on the syllabus. Concentrate on explaining how the author conveys the main idea by analyzing the crafted poem and the way its elements are put together.
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