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Writing a Thesis Paper about a Poem Prompt: Write an essay in which you develop a thesis about the meaning of a poem . You will need to use one scholarly source to support your position. You must use a poem written by one of the poets covered in class but NOT one of the poems covered in class. If you would like to make another choice, you must email a copy of the poem and a brief bio of the poet to me for approva l. As always, follow MLA guidelines for formatting and citation . Every paper that you write has a thesis. In a critique paper, your thesis is your own view or position, which you put forward in response to the poem that you are critiquing. Y our main purpo se is not to summarize but to develop an idea of your own in greater depth and detail as your essay proceeds from beginning to end. For this essay, your thesis will be your own interpretation and statement of what the poem you have chosen means . You can u se the readings of the poems that we’ve discussed in class to get ideas for your essay, but the idea itself should be original, the product of your own emotional and/or intellectual response to the poem. To come up with a thesis, answer two related sets o f questions: 1. What is this poem really about? 2. Why did the poet write the poem as he did? Why did he use the words, the rhythm, the images, the metaphors that he uses in the poem? Figure out your answer to these questions, and then set out to prove that you are right. For example, you might think that the poem says something about the poet’s attitude towards the life event in the poem. This is a good start, but is not specific enough. You need to read the poem closely and figure out exactly what the poet is saying about the life event (death, or birth, or love, or youth, or age, or maturity, etc.). To prove your thesis, you need to find several ways in which the actual words of the poem support your thesis . These will be the supporting points that yo u develop in the body of your paper. Describe how , in these examples, the words, the rhythm, the images, the metaphors, and the other literary devices that the poet uses support your view of the poem. As you describe these examples in your paper you are de veloping your thesis. In the process, you may find that your thinking about the poem — and thus your thesis — changes. This is a good result, indicating that your understanding of the poem is deepening as you write. It also means that you may need to revise yo ur thesis, which of course involves some rewriting of the paper. Your paper needs to have the following sections: 1. Introductio n 2. Review of the scholarly source (This can be a part of the introductory paragraph. It should be VERY brief). 3. Argument (This is the body). 4. Conclusion Introduction In your introductory paragraph: a. Identify the poem about which you are writing your thesis. State the author’s name, and the poem’s title and date of publication. b. In one or two sentences, introduce w hat the poem is about and how it is written. If you know any of the backstory, you could share it briefly. You could in a sentence or two also preview what you are going to say about the poem. c. State your own thesis. Also, briefly describe the points th at you will use in your essay to support this thesis. Sample Introductory Paragraph : John Keats composed “To Autumn” in September of 1819, and letters that he wrote at the time to his brother and sister - in - law, George and Georgiana Keats, and to his fr iend Reynolds, indicate that he was inspired by the walks that he took that September through the countryside of Winchester. Keats’s ode encompasses multiple meanings, for he addresses and describes autumn as a time of ripeness, growth, and the plenty of h arvest. He also sees it as a sleepy time of stillness, a mournful time that seems to anticipate the death of winter. Keats uses onomatopoeia, metaphor, personification, and imagery to develop these contrasting and ambiguous views of autumn. Ultimately, Kea ts uses these poetic techniques to develop a rich and ambiguous view of autumn that represents both the beauty of life at its very fullest and the inevitability of death. Notice that this introduction does the following: 1. Identifies the literature /poe m 2. Gives background 3. Outlines the themes that will be covered 4. Clearly states the thesis Review of the Scholarly Essay Summarize briefly the scholarly work that you are using in your essay. This essay should relate to your thesis, but your thesis must be original and thus at least s omewhat different from the thesi s of the article. Your summary should consist of 1 paragrap h that identifies the thesis of the essay, summarizes its content, and indicate s how it is related to your own argument about the poem. Remember to refer continually to the author of the essay in its summary. The purpose of a review of the source in a scho larly paper is to show that you have read other scholarly work that is relevant to your essay. Argument - Your argument is your development of your own thesis. This will take up most of the body of your paper, and will require about 1 - 2 pages . In this section, cover each of the points in the poem that support your reading or interpretation. Make sure that, when you move on to a new supporting point you signal this move with a phrase that indicates this clearly. Conclusion In your concluding paragraph, recapitulate and summarize the argument — the thesis — that you have developed in your essay. You do not have to restate every point you have made. **(You are writing about the poem. You are reading a critical review of the poem and commenting on how it adds to your understanding. You are only writing about the poet if you think that someting happened in his life that has bearing on the poem.)
Writing a Thesis Paper about a Poem Prompt: Write an essay in which you develop a thesis about the meaning of a poem . You will need to use one scholarly source to support your position. You must use a poem written by one of the poets covered in class but NOT one of the poems covered in class.
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