Essay 1 PreDraft Assignment

Essay 1 PreDraft Assignment

Essay One: Close Reading of a Poem

Essay Goals Overview: In your essay, you will identify an interpretive problem in one of the poems we have examined in class, and you will develop a thesis that addresses that problem. Use one of the literary terms that we covered in class as a key term to analyze the text, supporting your thesis with close reading (3-4 pages).

Pre-draft assignment:

Paragraphs 1-3: Introduce the poem, describe what the poem is about, and quote a short passage from the poem whose meaning and significance is unclear to you. Establish a question that identifies exactly how and where this writer loses you. Refer to the text to show what you mean.

Paragraphs 3-4: Situate the passage by summarizing the poem as a whole and the general meaning or theme upon which the poem seems to reflect.

Paragraphs 4-6: Make at least two reasonable guesses about the meaning of the lines you quote. In which moments do your guesses seem plausible, and what questions remain unclear?

Due: Friday, February 14 at 11:59 p.m. by Dropbox upload using this address: https://www.dropbox.com/request/yXXZ6R0Iszvh6mvYOsQY

Include your name [first initial.lastname] and the assignment [E1PreDraft] in the file name.

Discussion Forum: Please Read

Discussion Forum: Please Read

Hi Students,

Some of you might be confused on how to post on the discussion forum. Take a look at the top right corner of this page. There’s a menu icon. When you over or click on it with the mouse, you’ll see a menu of the pages for this site. Toward the bottom is “Forums.” Scroll to the open forums or to the forum topic for the week–this week the topics are Regarding Animals and “Course Expectations.” Sometimes I will post more than one forum question, but you are only required to post one discussion response for credit.