Assignment: Having completed a close reading of, and class discussions on the “Poems Handout”, choose one of the following prompts and write a four-page essay that includes a minimum of one quote in each body paragraph:
- Choose two poems that share themes or views and write a four-to-five-page essay in which you provide an analysis of differences and/or similarities not only in content and meaning, but also of some of the poetic devices used by the poets. In regards to poetic devices you might consider effectiveness and/or impact on the writing and/or reader (you).
Poems To Choose From:
“So Mexicans are Taking Jobs From Americans” by Jimmy Santiago Baca
“Blackberries” by Tusef Komunyakaa
“Singapore” by Mary Oliver
- Choose one of the longer and/or more complex/multilayered poems and provide a context, analysis of meaning as related to themes, intersectionality (culture, race, class, gender, LGBTQ+ community, identity in all its forms, historical trauma, and more). How does the poet use poetic devices to make the poem impactful as a literary work, and how does it impact the reader (you)?
For this essay, please rely on your own knowledge and experience for interpretations and analysis, and not so much on research or application of theory that you may already be familiar with. I am more interested in your own thinking, analysis, knowledge and experience than that of another’s. Since I did not provide you with sources for the poems, we will forgo a work cited page this one time. When citing quote sources, you need only provide line numbers. I look forward to reading your own interpretations and analysis of the poems you choose.
- Introduce your topic—begin with a sentence that acts as a “hook” to draw your reader’s attention.
- Introduce the main authors and titles of works you will be writing about.
- Provide 2-3 sentence summaries of these works as they relate to your essay topic.
- Offer an explicit and concise thesis statement (last sentence of your introductory paragraph).
- Do not include quotes in your introductory paragraph.
- Never begin a paragraph with a question.
1. Everything in your body paragraphs must help develop and support your thesis statement.
2. Always begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence that will lead to the support and development
of your thesis. Never begin a body paragraph with a quote or a question as these are not topic
3. Include 1-2 short quotes in each body paragraph. All quotes must include: 1) a context, 2) a signal
phrase, 3) a meaningful quote, 4) source, and 5) an analysis. If writing about poems, remember to use
slashes between lines to signal where lines begin and end in
the poem (see Poetic Devices Handout).
4. In your last body paragraph, please write about your response to the literature. Do not interweave your
response throughout the essay.
- Must be a fully developed paragraph.
- Reinforce your essay’s main ideas.
- Offer a reflection (for example, something that you learned from the reading).
- Do not introduce new information.
1. A minimum of four full pages of writing.
2. MLA format/conventions for in text citations (quote usage).
3. Double space entire essay (no other kind of spacing).
4. Use Times New Roman #12 font and 1” margins all the way around.
5. Create a title for your essay (do not use Essay #1 or the titles if works you will be writing about).