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CHOOSE ONE OF ELIZEBETH BISHOPS POEMS EXCEPT ONE ART.Writing an Explication, or Close Reading essay.An explication is not: -an evaluation, i.e., “this is a great way for the poet to communicate his ideas,” or “Shakespeare conveyed his gratitude through his natural talent with words.”-concerned with the reader. The poet does not do something merely to create an effect on the reader. For example: “Ginsberg’s use of profanity makes an impact on the reader.” What impact is he trying to make?-conjecture. You are not guessing why the poet writes what she does. For example, an explication paper shouldn’t include the sentence: “Perhaps the poet is reflecting on loss in her life.” Don’t guess about a line or element’s meaning.-paraphrase. Do not repeat the poet’s ideas in your own words.
What your explication should do:
-Be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins
-Make it clear from the beginning which poem you are discussing.
-Analyze the poem. Explain how the poet is doing things with words.
-Your first paragraph should have a thesis statement that introduces the literary elements you will discuss and their relationship to the poem’s main theme or conflict. For example: “William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 29” dramatizes the feelings of being an outcast and contrasts it with the feeling of being loved by a dear friend.” After reading this, I know that the rest of the paper will explain HOW the sonnet does this.
-Use quotations from the text to support your claims and then explain how that particular quote illustrates the idea you are conveying in that paragraph.
-Be in the 3rd person.
-Use parenthetical citations within the text.
These last two items are the keys to writing an explication:
-Isolate specific literary elements. The beginning of this reader contains a glossary of literary terms. These are the tools for writing an explication. In the above example, the writer could look at how Shakespeare’s use of images, metaphors, or the sonnet form itself “dramatizes” this conflict. Use the worksheet on “Verbs for Writing About Literature” for models of these kinds of analysis.
To analyze a poem, you simply pay attention to the poem by asking the following questions:
What is the form or shape? Literally, what does the poem look like? Are the lines long or short? Are they divided into groups of lines? How many lines? How many groups?
If the poet uses a particular form, why did he or choose that one?
How does it relate to the poem’s overall meaning?What kind of images does the poet use? Literally, what is the poet making you see? Why?
What kind of language or diction does he use? Is it formal? Informal? Why?
What does the poem sound like? Does the poet use a particular rhythm or meter? What kind of tone does the poet’s meter create? How does it relate to the poem’s content? Is there a definite rhyme pattern? Why?
What words are paired together with rhyme?What figures of speech does the poet use? Metaphor? Metonymy? Why?
-Explain the significance of those elements. How do they convey the poem’s meaning? What do you think that meaning is?
CHOOSE ONE OF ELIZEBETH BISHOPS POEMS EXCEPT ONE ART.Writing an Explication, or Close Reading essay.An explication is not: -an evaluation, i.e., “this is a great way for the poet to communicate his ideas,” or “Shakespeare conveyed his gratitude through his natural talent with words.”-concerned with the reader. The poet does not do something merely to create an effect on the reader.