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Never use 2nd person in academic writing.

Use present tense when discussing literature.

Use MLA poetry citation format.

TO PREPARE – please read carefully.

After reading and annotating all the submodules in Module 8: Poetry, please reread the two poems for analysis: T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116.” You can find these in your textbook.

In your textbook

, Reading and Writing About Literature,

study student essay (explication) pp. 112-114.

Reread all the poems in Module 8.5-8.6 and select three poems that weave together ONE particular theme (such as love, betrayal, sorrow, jealousy, nature (or love for), and so on).

Which three poems did you choose?

OPTON #1: Compose a double entry journal.

I. Quotes Section: Select one line from each poem and integrate that line into a metacommentary conversation, showing me how each poem’s singular theme connects to the others. You should end up with 3 sentences, one for each poem. Use MLA citation for poetry. (10 points)

II. Summary Section: Summarize your favorite poem, just one from the 3 you selected above. Use 3rd person. Present tense. Review the DEJ sample (introduce full name of author and title of work). (10 points) 100+ words

III. Response Section: Tell me how YOU connect to the poem and/or author. Offer a specific scenario via personal experience or observation. Go beyond the superficial, dig deep here. (10 points) 150+

IV. Compose at least one (or more if you want to go above and beyond) problem posing question, which might be used in the Final Exam. (10)

Clarity matters.

Use varying metacommentary to integrate each quote/line.

MLA in-text citation guidelines matter.

PURPOSE: Why are we doing this?


You are welcome to post your poetry any day on or between 11/22 – 11/28 (without late submission penalty). I hope the extra time helps. Perhaps, you can share your poetry with family over dinner, and I’d love to know what they think about your blooming creativity.

1. Read and annotate Module 8.10, 8.11, and 8.12.

2. Select one of the Modules, limerick or haiku, and compose a DEJ. This DEJ is a bit different and much more fun!

This DEJ has only 2 parts:

1. Research and summarize the historical background and significant point(s), guidelines for composing a haiku or limerick. =20 (Be sure to cite your source within the discussion)

2.Compose 4 haikus OR 4 limericks or TWO of each (follow the syllable and/or rhyme scheme). =20

Note: Haiku (5,7,5 syllables) Limericks (8,8,5,5,8 syllable count. Rhyme scheme a,a,b,b,a) **The syllable count and rhyme scheme matter, so count each syllable and follow the rhyme scheme (for the latter).

**The poems must evoke a feeling (sadness, joy, laughter, fear, and so on).

Below are two examples of haikus, and I look forward to reading yours.

Our love is dying =5

and you’re not even trying. =7

I can’t stop crying. =5

-Ranata Suzuki


These assignments help students engage with the author, poem, and understand universal as well as timeless themes, providing a glimpse into human psyche. These aspects help us understand how culture influences our choices, behaviors, and opportunities.

Review this helpful link, showing you how to properly cite poetry using MLA format:


(Links to an external site.)

How to cite poetry quotes that are 1,2, or 3 lines:

BLOCK: How to cite poetry quotes that are more than 3 lines:

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