Write an analysis essay comparing two or three poems under the same topic. Use only the poems we have read in class. Do not use more than three poems for your essay.
Below are possible topic ideas. Choose one of the topics. The topics are intentionally broad and need to be narrowed to a workable thesis. Do not just answer the question in the assignment, but use the questions as a guide for your essay.
Focus your thesis on the relationship between Mankind and Nature. How do the poems comment on the power of Nature? Why does humankind admire and yet fear Nature? How does humankind try to contain it? Possible poems to consider “The Tyger”, “The Panther”, “Darkness”, and “pity this busy monster;manunkind.”
Discuss the complexity of love, as depicted in these poems. How do the lovers treat each other in these poems? How do they conflict with one another? What causes this friction of “not understanding” each other? Possible poems to consider: “Barbara Allan/Barbara Allen”; “Lord Randall”; Shakespeare’s Sonnets 18, 29, 73, 75, 130, and/or 147; “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”; “Daddy”.
Discuss the passing of time in poetry. How does the poet depict this passing of time? What is his/her attitude about mortality? Possible poems to consider: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”; “Because I could not stop for Death”; Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73; “Ozymandias”.
Discuss the persona’s position in his/her social surroundings, as portrayed in the poems. How is his/her identity being defined? Does he/she regret his/her social status? Accept it? How does he/she confront authority? Consider the various circumstances that would cause a person to act out in his/her way. Possible poems to consider: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”; “Daddy”; “pity this busy monster;manunkind”; “A Hard Rain A-Gonna Fall”; “How to Make a Dadaist Poem”; Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29; “Ozymandias”.
Your introduction must include a summary (one sentence only) of each poem. The summary must include the title of the poem and the name of the author.
For your body paragraphs, you may use the Poetry Terms and consider the structure of the poems, the images presented and/or the mood they generate. Use only the poems as your grounds (support). Do not do any research. You also need to show warrants (explanations of the relationship between your grounds and your thesis statement).
For support from a poem, a forward slash “/” is used after each line. For example: Shakespeare states, “Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,/Or gluttoning on all, or all away.”
Also, do not summarize the whole poems again in the body paragraphs. Instead, do a close reading on a particular section of a poem.
The essay must be at least five (5) pages, typed and double-spaced. It should include a title page, a Work Cited page, and proper MLA citation. Consult "MLA Documentation" on my profile page. Also, avoid using first person or second person, as well as contractions ("don't", "it's", "he's", etc.).
The essay is due on Tuesday, March 17.
If you like for me to take a look at a draft of your essay, I will be happy to do so during my office hours or by appointment.