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particular situation. Although these essays offer a range of interpretations and choose to emphasize
different poetic techniques, they also provide convincing readings of both poems and demonstrate
consistent and effective control over the elements of composition in language appropriate to the
analysis of poetry. Their textual references are apt and specific. Although they may not be error-free,
these essays are perceptive in their analysis and demonstrate writing that is clear and
sophisticated, and in the case of an essay that earns 9 points, especially persuasive.
7–6 These essays offer a reasonable comparison/contrast of the two poems and an effective analysis of
the relationship between them and of the techniques each writer uses to explore his particular
situation. Such essays demonstrate the ability to express ideas clearly with references to the text,
although they do not exhibit the same level of effective writing as those in the 9–8 range. They are
less thorough or less precise in their discussion, and their analysis of the relationship between the
two poems is less convincing. Essays scored 7–6 are generally well written, but those earning a 7
demonstrate more sophistication in both substance and style.
5 These essays may respond to the assigned task with a plausible reading of the two poems and their
relationship, but they may be superficial in their analysis. They often rely on paraphrase, but
paraphrase that contains some analysis, implicit or explicit. Their comparison/contrast of the
relationship between the two poems may be vague, formulaic, or minimally supported by references
to the texts. There may be minor misinterpretations of one or both poems. These essays demonstrate
control of language, but the writing may be marred by surface errors. They are not as well conceived,
organized, or developed as those in the 7–6 range. 4–3 These lower-half essays fail to offer an adequate analysis of the two poems. The analysis may be
partial, unconvincing, or irrelevan...
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