This is a paper that is requiring the student to write a poetry explication of a poem from a selection. The paper also provides additional information to use in the writing of the assignment paper. Below is the assessment description to follow:
Write a poetry explication of a poem from a selection
Write a poetry explication of a poem you choose from the selection of poems found in our Textbook or in the learning web. You pick. Do not research or go to other sources to learn about your poem. It is just between you and the poem. Trust your own brain, and do not let others think for you. You are expected to display “reflective thinking” in your explication, use the language of poetic analysis, and also use quotes from the poem as you explicate. It is due in MLA Format and following MLA Documentation Style. You must have a coversheet AND works cited page. Essays that show clear signs of the writer accessing outside research on their poem will lose -50 points.
1.Firstly, analyze the poem in two ways: First, begin your analysis by identifying and describing the speaking voice or voices (persona), the conflicts or ideas, and the language used in the poem. Then, examine the poem closely according to its poetic elements.
2. Secondly, analyze the large issues: Determine the basic design of the poem by considering the who, what, when, where, and why of the dramatic situation.
– What is being dramatized? What conflicts or themes does the poem present, address, or question?
– Who is the speaker? Define and also describe the speaker and his/her voice. What does the speaker say? Who is the audience? Are other characters involved?
– Additionally, what happens in the poem? Consider the plot or basic design of the action. How are the dramatized conflicts or themes introduced, sustained, resolved, etc.?
– When does the action occur? What is the date and/or time of the day?
– Where is the speaker? Describe the physical location of the dramatic moment.
– Why does the speaker feel compelled to speak at this moment? What is his/her motivation?
3. Thirdly, analyze your poem in terms of the elements of poetry: To analyze the poem, we must focus on the poem’s parts or elements, namely how the poem dramatizes conflicts or ideas in language. By concentrating on the parts, we develop our understanding of the poem’s structure, and we gather to support and also evidence for our interpretations. As you analyze the poem line by line, examine it closely in terms of each element of poetry, looking for certain patterns and connections to develop which provide insight into the overall meaning or interpretation of the poem.