For this assignment, you will write a three-page analysis of at least two of the poems we read in Unit 1. The list of poems can be found in Week 2 of Unit 1.
For the poems you choose, answer one of the following research questions:
This is America: How do the imagery, tone, persona, language use, form, or any combination of these in the poems support/develop their themes about American life or identity?
Racial Identity: How do the poems represent race identities or issues? You can do a little research on how race is represented in literature and apply it to analyzing the poemsâ€™ representations.
Gender Identity: How do the poems represent gender identity or issues? You can do a little research on how gender is represented in literature and apply it to analyzing the poemsâ€™ representations.
On the Marx: How do the poems show a concept of Marxism? You can do a little research on Marxism and apply it to analyzing the poemsâ€™ representations.
Social Identity Theory: How do the poems show the ideas of Social Identity Theory? You can do a little research on Social Identity Theory and apply it to analyzing the poemsâ€™ representations.
Your paper should:
-have a clearly defined thesis that offers a unique insight into the poems’ meaning by directly answering the research question.
-provide points/topic sentences.
-include a clear, purposeful introduction and conclusion.
-use concrete details from the poems to support the points/topic sentences.
-focus on at least three of the elements of poetry, though you are encouraged to consider more elements to help you develop your analysis.
-use appropriate sources for the paper’s assignment and research question.
-contain an organizational pattern to coherently deliver the ideas
-contain transitions that move one idea to the next smoothly.
-be formatted according to MLA guidelines.
-demonstrate clear revision between early/sketch and final graded drafts.
-reach the required page length.
To earn an “A,”:
-complete the peer review discussion in a meaningful way, including posting the required number of responses.
-complete the post-grade revision in an attempt to improve the content and structure based on the feedback.