Write a clear, well-developed, precise essay of 550-750 words (no more and no less, not including citations) on one of the following topics. Note that you are required to incorporate in a meaningful manner one research resource in your paper.
***Make sure that you incorporate a research resource meaningfully in your essay. Cite both the poem(s) and the ressearch material using the MLA format.
Your guidelines for this essay are pretty much what they have been for all your essays thus far:
Avoid plot summary;
Be sure that your essay has an arguable thesis, and that each paragraph has its own arguable claim;
Support the arguable claim in each paragraph with specific, quoted evidence from the text (following the “point-quote-comment” pattern);
Avoid block quotes; limit the use of quotations;
Use the present verb tense.
Avoid using “I” in a literary analysis. Use the objective point of view.
Use one scholarly resource (such as an academic source on gender issues, a YouTube interview of the assigned author, etc). The research should be relevant and not serve as a mere decoration ornamenting your paper.
Underline the thesis statement.
Avoid plagiarism. The research is meant to merely support YOUR own interpretation of the readings expressed in your own words. Limit your use of quotations.
Follow the proper MLA format in citing poetry in in-text and Works Cited citations.
Here is information on how to cite poetry in in-text citations:
Suggestions for research:
Avoid using Sparknotes,Schmoop, and other basic student guides that oversimplify literary works. Refrain from using Wikipedia and other encyclopedia-like materials. Find more scholarly resources as your reference. For instance, find an interview of the author, a leading literary critic’s analysis of the author’s poem, a scholarly article on culture, history, or other social issues linked to the poem, etc.