Choose one of the poems in the Course Packet which is The Road Not Taken and analyze several aspects of it in a well-developed essay. In the essay, also include one or two paragraphs that you compare/contrast the poem with one of the poems we have studied in class (“Dreams,” “April Rain Song,” “Life is Fine,” “The Human Bee” or “The Window Frames the Moon”). Your analysis should cover both the content and the poet’s techniques (use of figurative speech), such as tone, the use of images, metaphors, symbolism, or flashback
Your introduction will give a brief summary of the poem. State briefly what the poem is about.
Your thesis will state the main ideas (messages) of the poem and the scope of your paper (the areas you want to discuss in the paper).
3. In each body paragraph (three or more), analyze one aspect of your thesis. Your topic sentence must clearly state the aspect of the poem you are analyzing. Support the topic sentences with lines and examples from the poem and your analysis. (Use short quotes or paraphrases.) YOUR TOPIC SENTENCE SHOULD REFLECT THE MAIN IDEA DISCUSSED IN THE PARAGRAPH.
Include at least one paragraph on the literary devices used in the poem (its tone, the use of images, sounds, metaphors, symbolism, and the narrative arc).
Also, include one paragraph that you compare/contrast the poem to one we have studied in class. The purpose is to ensure that you will look at the “theme” and the poet’s literary techniques (use of figurative speech) closely.
In the conclusion, summarize the different aspects you are analyzing. You can also include comments on how the poem speaks/moves you personally.
Check your sentences for verb tense, subject-verb agreement, and word form errors.
Length of the paper: about three pages (double-spaced)
Zero draft due: Wednesday, 5/15. Write a tentative (first) draft, in which you will have done the following.
Identify the poem for the assignment.
Look up the background of the poet.
Make an attempt in understanding what the poem means (major aspects) and how the poet presents her/his ideas (use of figurative language).
Some of the following questions may help you understand the poem further.
Who is the speaker? Is it the poet or a character/persona the poet takes on?
Who is the speaker’s audience? Does the audience help to define the speaker?
What is the poem’s literal meaning? Then, what is its deeper meaning?
What is the poem’s theme? Is the theme stated explicitly or implicitly?
What is the poem’s structure? Does it develop in a straightforward manner to a logical conclusion? Or, there is a shift or turn in its development? How is the shift indicated? Why does a shift take place?
What is the poem’s rhyme scheme? How does it contribute to the development of the poem’s subject or theme?
What imagery is developed in the poem? Does the poet use metaphor, simile, personification, or symbolism? How do these images contribute to the poem’s subject matter or theme?
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