Paper 2 Poetry Explication

Paper 2 Poetry Explication - PAPER 2: POETRY EXPL ICATION...

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PAPER 2: POETRY EXPLICATION Mr. Englehardt—ENGL 1023 Suggested paper length: 3-4 pages For your second paper assignment, you will write a poetry explication on one poem that we have not discussed in class. A successful poetry explication examines form, content, and literary elements to discover the literal meaning of a poem. Unlike an analysis—which focuses on one literary element and makes an argument about the work—an explication explains a poem from an objective stance and is devoid of personal commentary. In other words, your poetry explication will be a “close reading,” in which you identify and explain the poem’s most important elements in order to inductively and logically arrive at the poem’s theme (e.g. what the poem is about ). Upon your first reading of the poem, you’ll want to read intuitively and empathetically. Let the poem present itself to you and write down your initial reactions. Identify the author, date of publication, and pay close attention to the title. Then, look up
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course ENGL 1023 taught by Professor Stephens during the Spring '08 term at Arkansas.

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Paper 2 Poetry Explication - PAPER 2: POETRY EXPL ICATION...

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