Assignment #2-Poetry Analysis
Description of Assignment:
A literary analysis essay pulls apart a piece of writing to examine its technique and understand its themes and ideas. For this assignment, you will choose two poems from the list on the next page and write an analytical essay, no less than 3 pages in length (with an additional works cited page that includes your two poems as primary sources and at least two secondary sources), that analyzes, compares and contrasts how the poems use two or more of the poetic devices on the Poetic Devices Glossary worksheet (we will address this soon). It will be important to use appropriate terminology in your analysis.
The introduction should focus on the poetic device you will be analyzing in the poems, not necessarily the poets or history of the poems, although a little background on the authors can be helpful in the introduction. Your thesis should focus on the poetic devices you will analyze in the poems.
The body should examine different ways the poetic devices show up in the poems; for instance, if you were focusing on theme, then you may look at the way the theme is expressed in symbols, imagery, structure, tone, etc. In addition, the body should help us see what is to be gained by comparing and contrasting the poems’ unique take on your chosen poetic devices. Spend less time on the historical context of the poem or the author. Avoid analyzing one poem separately from the other. Organize the paper point-by-point (more on that in class).
The conclusion should restate your thesis and examine any new understandings that arise from analyzing the poems. What should we take with us about the themes? What have you uncovered in these texts that is worth remembering? What do we gain by analyzing the same poetic devices in two different poems?
· MLA formatted with in-text citations and a works cited page
· 3 pages (plus a works cited page), typed, double-spaced, 12pt font, Times
· Two sources in addition to your two poems
This is the Approved Poetry List for your ENGL 1302 poetry analysis paper. Find one of the selections containing two poems to compare and contrast, either in theme, style, structure, use of imagery, symbols, metaphor, etc.
ROBERT FROST Birches
ROBERT FROST Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
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