POETRY ESSAY, THESIS, AND OUTLINE INSTRUCTIONS
Write a 900 essay that analyzes one poem from the Poetry Unit. Before you begin writing the essay, carefully read the guidelines for developing your paper topic that are given below. Gather all of your information, plan the direction of your essay, and organize your ideas by developing a one-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 MLA
Choose one of the poems from the list below to address in your essay:
• “The Road
” by Robert Frost
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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Frost, R. (1920). "The Road Not Taken." Bartleby Official Website. E-text available at: http://www.bartleby.com/119/1.html
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Poirier, R. (1960). "Robert Frost, the Art of Poetry No. 2." The Paris Review, Summer-Fall 1960, No. 24. Available at: http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4678/the-art-of-poetry-no-2-robert-frost
Sheehey, D. (2001). "Stay Unassuming": the Lives of Robert Frost." In The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost. R. Faggen (Ed.). NY: Cambridge University Press.