This paper will have three sections. In it you will produce a close, detailed reading of a poem, rather than a traditional essay. You will not need a formal introduction and thesis statement unless you choose to include them.
Section One: Paraphrase the poem. Put it in your own words. This paraphrase should be easy to read and understand using contemporary language. You do not have to mimic the phrasing of the original poem but can write your paraphrase in paragraph form if this is easier for you. Remember that a paraphrase is not an interpretation or place to talk about meaning. LIT 200 Poetry paper
Section Two: (Each of these should be a paragraph. Some might be shorter; others, longer. Some may not apply to your poem.)
Section Three: (Two Paragraphs)
In the first paragraph, discuss what seems to be most important about this poem to you as a reader. Is it the poem’s theme? The language? The imagery? The way it takes your breath away? The way you see the subject differently after you’ve studied the poem? LIT 200 Poetry paper
In a second paragraph, answer the “so what” question: Why does this poem matter? Why should we pay attention to it?
Quote liberally from the poem as you work on this third section and all other sections of the essay.
This essay should be about 5 pages long, double spaced. Use MLA in-text citations after each quotation from the poem or database articles. You should also include a properly formatted MLA works cited list for the poem and the database biographical information. A rough draft is due in class on . The final draft in a folder with all process work and the marked up copy of the poem is due on LIT 200 Poetry paper .