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Outside_Essay__1-Poetry

Outside_Essay__1-Poetry - Poetry Explication Assignment...

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Poetry Explication Assignment: Write a two-page (minimum) explication of one of these poems: Elegy for My Father,” p. 946; “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” p. 867; “My PaPa’s Waltz,” p. 674. Due_____________________________________ An explication is a line-by-line commentary on what is going on in a text a literal unfolding or spreading out of meaning. Although your explication will, for the most part, move steadily from the beginning to the end of the selection, try to avoid writing along these lines : “In line one. . .” or “In the second line. . .” or “In the third line. . . .” Try using some of these phrases: “The poem begins. . .” or “In the next line. . .” or “The speaker immediately adds . . . “ or “He then introduces. . .” or “The next stanza begins by saying. . . .” An explication is not concerned with the writer’s life or times, and it is not a paraphrase (a rewording) though it may include paraphrase if a passage in the original seems unclear perhaps because of an unusual work or an unfamiliar expression.
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