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These suggestions deal mainly with the themes in the poetry, but in addressing these themes a good essay will refer to the poetic devices used by the poet to explore the themes and get them across to the reader. You cannot and need not refer to all the poetic devices used, but you should focus on the most prominent ones at work in the poem you are analyzing. Any essay on poetry will only be useful if it makes frequent, observant reference to the detailed language of the poem. This does not mean you should quote long passages without comment, but key lines or phrases should be quoted and worked into your own sentences. See “Requirements for Essays,” “7g. Quoting Poetry” (downloadable from the U. of S. Department of English web site, http://artsandscience.usask.ca/english/pdf/RequirementsForEssays.pdf).
A “topic” provides you with a subject, and perhaps a title, but it will usually not provide you with a THESIS or argument (but see exceptions below, #3, #5, #8, #10). Your thesis is a one-sentence summary of your full argument. Make sure you move from your topic or subject to an argument about that subject, and support your argument by examining the evidence you see in the poem. In order to deal with any of these topics in 1000 words, you will need to focus your discussion carefully and make a rigorous selection of your evidence. Give yourself time for revision, for at least three drafts, to digest your argument and refine it down to the essential points you want to make. Remember, it takes more time and thought to write a shorter essay, than a longer one!
A final note: you are NOT expected in this essay to draw on secondary sources or criticism. You are expected to develop your own interpretations, in light of your reading of the poems, as guided by our discussion in class. EVERY essay you write in English should consist mainly of your own personal interpretations, even when informed by your lecture notes and, it may be, by other criticism. If you have consulted interpretations or information from other sources, and if you wish to work them into your personal discussion, you must acknowledge and cite these in the proper form, as explained in “Requirements for Essays” (see especially “5. Plagiarism,” and “6. Documenting Sources”). You must also acknowledge and cite any reference works you use, such as a dictionary or literary handbook. If you find yourself drawing on your professor’s interpretations, as taken directly from your notes, you can acknowledge your borrowings with a brief reference in parentheses (e.g., Professor Zichy, English 111 lecture). You could then list your notes on your “Works Cited” page (e.g., Professor Zichy, English 111 Notes, 2017).
Argue this thesis: “Lord Randall” (like “The Douglas Tragedy”) dramatizes the conflict between love and the social structure within which the lovers find themselves. You would naturally play especial attention here to the mother of Lord Randall as a main actor in the story, and in its telling. You need to comment, also, on the method by which the story is told, the “incremental repetition,” the use of dialogue, the creation of suspense and uncertainty. There will, again, be an opportunity to discuss “ballad irony,” irony of situation or circumstance, in this poem.
These suggestions deal mainly with the themes in the poetry, but in addressing these themes a good essay will refer to the poetic devices used by the poet to explore the themes and get them across to the reader. You cannot and need not refer to all the poetic devices used, but you should focus on the most prominent ones at work in the poem you are analyzing.