Essay #2 Andres Curiel

Topics: Poetry, Literature, Writing Pages: 2 (443 words) Published: April 24, 2013
English 1302

Essay # 2 – Poetry

Formal papers are polished essays designed to demonstrate understanding of the genre we are studying.  Formal papers must be well organized, and they must clearly support an arguable and provable thesis.  Clarity is a must, and papers must focus on literary analysis and interpretation--no plot summary.  No outside sources allowed for this essay.

Paper Topics: please pick one from below - (poems must be selected from the syllabus and can include those found with in Chapter 10 )

1. Explicate one poem from your text. Your analysis should include a discussion of the speaker, imagery, word choice, tone, and figures of speech (simile, metaphor, and any other literary term.).

Or

2. Contrast two poems from your text that deal with related topics and/or themes. Your analysis should include a discussion of the speaker, imagery, word choice, tone, and figures of speech (simile, metaphor, and any other literary term). Consider asking yourself the question, “what brings these poems together and what is their message?”

Minimum requirements for your paper are as follows:
❖ Length requirement:  750 words min. (you must reach at least 700 words) ❖ MLA format (proper heading, title, double-spacing, etc.) ❖ Formal papers must be written in 3rd person--(he, she, it, the reader, etc.), no 1st person (I, we) or 2nd person (you).  ❖ The paper should consist of at least 5 paragraphs

❖ Works Cited page, properly documented using MLA format, should be included as a separate page at the end of the paper (this does not count as part of the 500 words) ❖ All quotes must be documented within the paper, using in-text citations (last name and line number) ... i.e. (lines 1-2) please see MLA guidelines for citing poetry ❖ No more than 10% of the total paper should be quoted material; the majority of the paper should be analysis ❖ The paper should be proofread carefully ... grammar errors only distract the...

Cited: page, properly documented using MLA format, should be included as a separate page at the end of the paper (this does not count as part of the 500 words)
❖ All quotes must be documented within the paper, using in-text citations (last name and line number) ... i.e. (lines 1-2) please see MLA guidelines for citing poetry
❖ No more than 10% of the total paper should be quoted material; the majority of the paper should be analysis
❖ The paper should be proofread carefully ... grammar errors only distract the reader and shift the focus away from what the writer is trying to say.
❖ The paper should ALWAYS be checked for spelling errors.  Word choice errors do happen (i.e. "there" instead of "they 're" or "their"), but spelling errors signal that the writer did not spend sufficient time proofreading the paper ... it is sloppy work.
Due Date:
Please take the time to view the “How to Quote Poetry” file upload into ANGEL
• Draft due 3/28- 95% of your draft is due, typed, printed at the beginning of class. 10 point deduction if you do not have your draft
• Final Copy –4/2 delivered via ANGEL Drop Box and Turnitin.com Drop Box by 11:30 p.m. (start of class time) [pic]
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