POETRY ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS
Write a 750-word (about 3?4-pages) essay that analyzes 1 poem from the Poetry Unit. Before you begin writing the essay, Gather all of your information, plan the direction of your essay, and organize your ideas by developing a 1-page thesis statement and outline for your essay as you did for your Fiction Essay. Format the thesis statement and the outline in a single Word document using current Turabian style (whichever corresponds to your degree program). You have the opportunity to submit the thesis and outline separate for instructor feedback. Please make the Thesis statement and Outline in Bold lettering.
The Poetry Essay must include a title page, a thesis/outline page, and the essay itself followed by a Works Cited/References page of any primary or secondary texts you cite in the essay.
Guidelines for Developing Your Paper Topic
Choose 1 of the poems from the list below to address in your essay:
? The Lamb? or ?The Tiger? or ?The Chimney Sweeper? by William Blake.
? ?Batter my heart
, three-personed God,? or ?Death Be Not Proud? by John Donne (watch the video lecture on John Donne?s ?Batter my heart
? for more ideas to help you write your essay on this poem).
? ?Journey of the Magi? by T. S. Eliot.
? ?God?s Grandeur? or ?Pied Beauty? or ?Spring? by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
? ?Ode on a Grecian Urn? or ?Ode to a Nightingale? by John Keats.
? ?Ozymandias? by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Last Duchess? by Robert Browning (watch the video lecture on Robert Browning?s ?My
Last Duchess? for more ideas to help you write your essay on this poem).
? ?Sailing to Byzantium? by William Butler Yeats.
? ?The Road Not Taken? or ?Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening? by Robert Frost
? ?It Sifts from Leaden Sieves? or ?There?s No Frigate Like A Book? by Emily Dickinson (Read Gilbert and Gubar?s ?The Freedom of Emily Dickinson? for more ideas to help you write your essay on Dickinson?s poetry).
? ?Ulysses? by Alfred Lord Tennyson
? ?That Time of Year? (Sonnet 73) by William Shakespeare (watch the video lecture on William Shakespeare?s ?Sonnet 73? for more ideas to help you write your essay on this poem).
Consider the following questions for the poem that you have chosen:
? What is or are the themes of the poem?
? Is there a literal setting or situation in the poem? What lines from the poem tell the reader this information? What details does the author include?
? Is the setting symbolic?
? How would you describe the mood of the poem? What elements contribute to this mood?
? Is the title significant to the poem?s content or meaning? How?
? What major literary devices and figures of speech does the poet use to communicate the theme(s)?
? How are rhyme and other metrical devices used in the poem? Do they support the poem?s overall meaning? Why or why not?
? Is the identity of the poem?s narrator clear? How would you describe this person? What information, if any, does the author provide about him or her?
? Does the narrator seem to have a certain opinion of or attitude about the poem?s subject matter? How can you tell?
NOTE: These questions are a means of getting your thoughts in order when you are collecting information for your essay. You do not need to include the answers to all of these questions in your essay; only include those answers that directly support your thesis statement.
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