Essay Instructions: How has literature depicted the power, passion, joys and potfalls of human love?
Choosing one example from each of the three genre we have read this term (drama, poetry and fiction) (the works we have read listed below), identify a particular dimension of human love (e.g., familial, platonic, patriotic, romantic, erotic) and
a) characterize for each work how the author depicts this form of love
b) provide textual evidence as illustration of this depiction. Finally in your conclusion, explain what insights into human nature (as it relates to love) a reader might gain from the works you have analyzed in your commentary. Use whatever combination of critical approaches is applicable to developing your response to this topic.
“My Papa’s Waltz” Roethke
“Daddy” Sylvia Plath
“Musee des Beaux Arts” Auden
“Girl Powering Her Neck” Song
“To Television” Pinsky
“Dulce ET Decorum Est” Owen
“The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner”
“You Fit Into Me” Atwood
“Ah! Sunflower” Black
“Sunflower Sutra Allen Ginsberg
“Buffalo Bills” cummings
“Shall I compare thee with a summer’s day” Shakespeare sonnet
“Do not go gentle into that good night” Dylan Thomas villanelle
“since feeling is first” cummings
“Bartleby the Scrivener” Herman Melville
“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” Flannery O’Connor
“Catch-22” Joseph Heller
“Krapp’s Last Tape” Beckett
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