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This essay will cover the Poetry Unit.

Guidelines and requirements

Length: 1400-1600 words. Make sure to meet/stay within the allotted word count.

Format: Always use standard MLA style. This includes proper heading, title, font, spacing, and correct quoting practices.

Remember to cite works of poetry and drama properly. This includes referencing to line numbers.

Hint: Formatting isn’t necessarily hard, but it can be intimidating—especially if you don’t know where to look for the right examples and information. You may wish to check out the Purdue Owl:

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Consistently include correctly formatted direct quotes that support your points

Make reference to specific examples from the texts that support your points using summary and paraphrase

Use appropriate terms and vocabulary in order to accurately convey your points

Research not permitted

Personal examples and references not permitted; this is a formal, academic analysis. Do not use the “I”

When you write a literary essay, you are essentially making an argument. Like any argument essay, you must have a focused, arguable thesis statement. I encourage you to think small, to avoid generalizations,

to

consistently use relevant examples and direct quotes

to support your points

, to be creative in your analysis, and to have the goal of making your essay “error-free” in terms of spelling, grammar, following MLA conventions and other similar issues. Please, never “wing it” when it comes to adhering to these conventions—these really details matter! Please note that there is a specific way to format poetry quotes. Also, note that this is not a research paper. I am interested in

your own

critical analysis of the material, not the views/opinions of someone else. Therefore, any use of outside resources (including, especially, internet sources) is

grounds for failure

on this assignment. As you know, plagiarism is grounds for failure in the class and could even lead to expulsion.

This includes lifting even a single sentence or phrase from an online source and then not giving credit

. Just ask me if you need any clarification of this.

Essay Prompts

Pick ONE of the following prompts to write about for your essay:

Write an essay that compares and contrasts the use humor and, particularly, the word “joke” in “The Gun Joke” and “The Rape Joke.” Your essay should ultimately argue that humor in both poems is essential to their power and poignancy.

Make sure to refer to relevant examples and to incorporate correctly formatted direct quotes that support your points.

Write an essay that argues how two poems in this first unit critique the violence endemic specifically in American culture. Finally, do either/both offer a “solution”?

Make sure to refer to relevant examples and to incorporate correctly formatted direct quotes that support your points.

Write an essay that compares and contrasts, “Love is Not an Emergency” and “Ditty.” What is each poem’s message about the nature of romantic relationships and how do they differ or agree with one another?

Make sure to refer to relevant examples and to incorporate correctly formatted direct quotes that support your points.

  
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