Comparing Two Poems
Essay #2: Compare and Contrast Two Poems
Goal: What is a “close reading”? Compare and Contrast?
To learn how to create a college-level literature paper. We are crossing the bridge from high school level essay to college level English paper.
This kind of assignment, so often used in university courses, involves looking at several texts. In a close reading, you as the writer seek out patterns within the work itself, and suggest why those patterns are significant ones. In addition, you might show how these patterns are sometimes violated or varied. You are searching for some meaning. Your job is to show how your interpretation, your explanation of the work’s meaning, can be supported by details of the text itself. In other words, after doing a careful reading of each poem and collecting evidence, you demonstrates similarities or differences, or similarities and differences between two poems. You should strive not to come up with a meaning that everyone will see immediately (this would be so obvious and more like a review when you simply recapitulate what the author has said), but a meaning or an interpretation that you, having taken great care analyzing the work, have arrived at and need to convince your readers of. A compelling thesis is absolutely necessary.
Prompt: Compare and contrast two poems. Seek out a pattern in both poems and use that as your subject. Demonstrate similarities or differences between the two poems. Refer to the compare and contrast worksheet on poetry. Did deep!
Quality: Your essay should contain several well-developed and college-level paragraphs with topic sentences that support your thesis and reflect the description for this paper.
Format: In fairness to everyone, essays must be formatted in the exact same way. Refer to the formatting procedures for “First page of MLA paper” in The Little, Brown Handbook. If you do not format properly, your essay will be handed back to you and considered late until it has been correctly formatted. Essays should be 4 pages minimum, double-spaced, 12 Roman font, paginated, and stapled.
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