Thesis and Introductions - Thesis: Review your notes. Look...

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Thesis: Review your notes. Look for patterns and themes. Formulate a thesis statement that will allow you to explain the relationships and the effects of elements in the poem. If you can, indicate in the thesis the areas or features of the poem important to your argument (a pattern of imagery, for instance, or a series of crucial lines). Remember, your thesis statement must argue a point; instead of simply saying that a poet uses certain poetic devices, you must give some indication in your thesis as to how those devices work and what they do to the poem's meaning. You do not need to go into elaborate detail in your thesis, but do show the relationship between the poem and your argument. Introduction: Your first paragraph should make your reader comfortable with the poem by identifying the poet, offering a brief, general description of the poem and, most importantly, leading into the thesis and development of the argument by narrowing and limiting the subject. Avoid sweeping, abstract statements or statements which you cannot concretely link to your thesis. The more quickly you get away from the general and focus on the specific, the sooner you will engage your reader. 1. E. E. Cummings' poem “Space being (don't forget to remember) Curved” is an intricately woven satire on man's gradual envelopment by his own ego as a result of his accomplishments with regards to taming and defining the universe in his own terms. The speaker's voice screams with boastful vainglory as he extols man's greatness, addressing his speech to the collective reader. This poem was written in an era when the scientific community was brimming with new discoveries and could look upon its body of acquired knowledge with pride. They had built a construct of concepts and empirical laws so definitive and majestic that they have to be referred to with capital letters. They had
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This note was uploaded on 06/19/2009 for the course ENGL 1102 taught by Professor Mattbrinsmaid during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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