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Expository essay poem

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This assignment, just like the last, will help you develop your skill of discussing, explaining, and analyzing a piece of writing, and it will also help you develop your skills of evaluating a piece of writing and of reacting to another's writing.

Your first step on this assignment is to pick a poem with which to work. Any poem from the list at the end of this page is acceptable. After choosing a poem, re-read it several times to make sure you remember and understand its finer details. In this paper you will explain what and how a poem means. You should discuss how at least one of the elements the poet uses in the poem is essential to the communication of the poem's theme (for example, a thesis might be that the sarcastic tone in Parker's "One Perfect Rose" helps convey that men and women do not effectively communicate with each other) or you might concentrate on how specific symbols or words are used to communicate the poem's theme (a paper might explore how Blake's manipulation of the public symbol of a red rose helps reinforce that innocence can be destroyed through the best intentions).

Remember that the theme, for this class, is understood as the moral or lesson that readers learn about their own lives from the poem.

Remember to state your thesis clearly in your opening paragraph. You must then pull (and quote) evidence from the poem, or from research, to support that thesis and organize it in a logical manner.

The main difficulties you are likely to experience while working on this paper (after figuring out what poem to use) are creating your thesis, narrowing it effectively and then making sure that the rest of your paper supports that thesis and does not stray to other interesting but irrelevant points or does not repeat the same supporting points. You should steer clear of including biographical information about the poet, as that can often sidetrack you from the theme or lead you to make the error of believing the poem's speaker is the poet. Poets often adopt different imaginative personalities to communicate their themes. For the purpose of this assignment, that distinction between poet and speaker must be preserved. You may use outside research on the poem to help you support your points, once you have already made them using quoted evidence from the poem itself.

Format: This paper should be double-spaced, laser-printed, carefully edited and proofread, prepared using the MLA format, and stapled before you turn it in. You should have a heading with your name, my name, the course title and section number, and the date on it. You should have the paper number and the title of your essay on a separate centered line before you begin your paper. Additionally, your last name and the page number should appear at the top right of each page, after your first page. The essay should be two to three pages in length with one-inch margins, not including your required Work(s) Cited.

Your choices of poems are:

Margaret Atwood's "Bored"

Emily Dickinson's "One need not be a chamber to be haunted" 

T. S. Eliot's "Gerontion"

Robert Frost's "Out, Out__"

A. E. Housman's "To an Athlete Dying Young" 

Marge Piercy's "Barbie Doll"

Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market"

William Shakespeare's "Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day" 

Walt Whitman's "Whoever you are, holding me now in hand"

If none of these poems seems acceptable to you, then you may choose your own provided you first e-mail or bring me a copy for approval.

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Narration[edit]

The purpose of narration is to tell a story or narrate an event or series of events. This writing mode frequently uses the tools of descriptive writing. Narration is an especially useful tool for sequencing or putting details and information into some kind of logical order, usually chronological. Working with narration helps us see clear sequences separate from all other mental functions. Examples include:

Description[edit]

The purpose of description is to re-create, invent, or visually present a person, place, event, or action so that the reader can picture that which is being described. Descriptive writing can be found in the other rhetorical modes. Examples include:

Exposition[edit]

Expository writing is a type of writing where the purpose is to explain, inform, or even describe.

In other nonfiction contexts (such as technical communication), the purpose is to teach and inform. Examples include:

Argumentation[edit]

The purpose of argumentation (also called persuasive writing) is to prove the validity of an idea, or point of view, by presenting sound reasoning, discussion, and argument to thoroughly convince the reader. Persuasive writing/Persuasion is a type of argumentation with the additional aim to urge the reader to take some form of action. Examples include:

Another form of persuasive rhetoric is satirical rhetoric, or using humor in order to make a point about some aspect of life or society. Perhaps the most famous example is Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal".

Fiction-writing modes[edit]

Each fiction-writing mode has its own purposes and conventions.

[5] Author Peter Selgin refers to methods, including action, dialogue, thoughts, summary, scene, and description.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Rozakis, Laurie E (2003), Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style, Penguin, p. 271, ISBN 1-59257-115-8, retrieved 24 September 2014 
  • Marshall, E (1998), The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, pp. 143–165, ISBN 1-58297-062-9 
  • Morrell, JP (2006), Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing, Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, p. 127, ISBN 978-1-58297-393-7 
  • Selgin, P (2007), By Cunning & Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for fiction writers, Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, p.
You MUST narrow the topic so it is focused and relatable to your poem. (5 Marks)

TOPIC- Explain how the author of the poem used satire as a means of conveying a message about humanity during the time in which the poem was written.
*Remember, this is just the topic, in order to create a strong thesis you must relate this topic to the poem you have chosen and then decide what the main message of your poem is, how the author used satire to convey that message and how it supports what was happening with humanity during that time*

Now, for 5 marks I want you to, complete the...

Your first step on this assignment is to pick a poem with which to work. Any poem from the list at the end of this page is acceptable. After choosing a poem, re-read it several times to make sure you remember and understand its finer details. In this paper you will explain what and how a poem means. You should discuss how at least one of the elements the poet uses in the poem is essential to the communication of the poem's theme (for example, a thesis might be that the sarcastic tone in Parker's "One Perfect Rose" helps convey that men and women do not effectively communicate with each other) or you might concentrate on how specific symbols or words are used to communicate the poem's theme (a paper might explore how Blake's manipulation of the public symbol of a red rose helps reinforce that innocence can be destroyed through the best intentions).

You must then pull (and quote) evidence from the poem, or from research, to support that thesis and organize it in a logical manner.

The main difficulties you are likely to experience while working on this paper (after figuring out what poem to use) are creating your thesis, narrowing it effectively and then making sure that the rest of your paper supports that thesis and does not stray to other interesting but irrelevant points or does not repeat the same supporting points. You should steer clear of including biographical information about the poet, as that can often sidetrack you from the theme or lead you to make the error of believing the poem's speaker is the poet. Poets often adopt different imaginative personalities to communicate their themes.

Format: This paper should be double-spaced, laser-printed, carefully edited and proofread, prepared using the MLA format, and stapled before you turn it in. You should have a heading with your name, my name, the course title and section number, and the date on it. You should have the paper number and the title of your essay on a separate centered line before you begin your paper. Additionally, your last name and the page number should appear at the top right of each page, after your first page. The essay should be two to three pages in length with one-inch margins, not including your required Work(s) Cited.

Your choices of poems are:

Margaret Atwood's "Bored"

Emily Dickinson's "One need not be a chamber to be haunted" 

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