Name Professor Course Date Poetry Explication Essay This explication essay is of a poem called “America” written by Claude McKay and it provides the obvious and deeper meaning of the poem in addition to the literary techniques the poet used to present his message. LITERAL MEANING The literal meaning of the poem represents a young person who talks about his mother. The first four lines provide evidence for this assertion. “Although she feeds me bread of bitterness And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth Stealing my breath of life I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.” (1-4). The lines indicate that the mother puts the child through difficult times but still the child relishes the experience. The reason why the child loves what his mother puts him through is that ill will or ridicule for the nation. The evidence for this assertion is found on lines 8 9 and 10. “Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state / I stand within her walls with not a shred / Of terror malice not a word of jeer” (8-10). Finally in the last four lines of the poem the persona is aware that with time the power and glory of the country will fade away. This poem by Claude McKay personifies America to a mother. In this case the mother is both cruel and kind. The poet used numerous poetic techniques to create structure in the poem to enhance the musical aspect of the poem and to provide creative ways of presenting his message. Work Cited McKay Claude. A long way from home. Rutgers University Press 2007. [...]
Read fist the attached file...It is an essay about McKay, "America" poem. 800 words, MLA format (12 pt Times, 1" margins, double spaced). The essay should have a solid thesis about the poem to give the essay focus and purpose. 1. Establish the literal meaning of the poem: Explain carefully what is going on. 2. Identify and discuss poetic techniques that help to contribute to the “compacted” nature of poetic language. Relevant techniques may include speaker’s stance, diction, imagery, metaphor, irony, allusion. 3. Make an assertion about the poem’s “higher meaning,” a suggested interpretation of its theme: its “literary treatment of a human experience.” 4. Essay should identify the author and title, have a strong thesis in the introduction, quote from the text and analyze and cite the quotes, topic sentences, and a strong conclusion to reinforce and clarify the thesis.