Unformatted text preview: wise appropriate score. In no case may a poorly written essay be scored higher than a 3.
9–8 These detailed, well-written essays provide insightful analysis of Hughes’s poem. They discern the
differences between the worlds above and below the lily, and effectively address the poet’s implied
attitudes toward nature as well as the way he defines the artist’s task. These essays may offer a
range of interpretations and emphasize a variety of poetic techniques, but they are alike in their
coherence and persuasiveness, maintaining consistent control over the elements of effective
composition and illustrating the poem’s techniques with apt and specific examples. These essays
need not be flawless. But the best essays will demonstrate the student’s ability to read poetry well
and to write with clarity and sophistication.
7–6 These competent essays convey a coherent understanding of the poem, including both its attitudes
toward nature and toward the artist’s task. Their interpretations may falter in some...
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