Poetry Analysis - 78295

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Poetry Selections

·      Rita Dove, "Describe Yourself in Three Words or Less" 

o  Reading -http://malapropsbookstore.tumblr.com/post/82709911136/describe-yourself-in-three-words-or-less-by-rita

·      Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Love Is Not All: It Is Not Meat or Drink"

o  Reading - http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23297

o  YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtoActIqH0M

·      Robert Frost, "Range Finding"

o  Reading - http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/range-finding/

·      Robert Hayden, "Full Moon"

o  Reading - http://www.poemhunter.com/i/ebooks/pdf/robert_hayden_2004_9.pdf

·      Gabriela Mistral, "Tiny Feet"

o   Reading with Spanish and English translations - http://es2en.blogspot.com/2007/05/gabriela-mistral-piececitos.html

·      Langston Hughes, "The Trumpet Player"

o  Reading - http://allpoetry.com/Trumpet-Player>

·      Frank O'Hara, "A Step Away From Them"

o  Reading - http://www.frankohara.org/writing.html#step>

·      Marge Piercy, "Belly Good"

o  Reading - http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/belly-good/


Poetry Analysis

All sources must be cited

Your Process:

Choose one of the poems from the list of poems/link above. Closely read the poem and consider its logic, organization, patterns of figurative language, and other literary elements. Read and reread the poem; by paying attention to the varied features of a poem, you will build an interpretation of the poem’s meaning.

Choose any one of the poems and compose a reader’s guide to it. This “Reader’s Guide” should be aimed at a college-educated audience who is interested in learning more about the poem, the poet, and the time period of both. Your guide should walk a reader through a reading/analysis of the poem and introduce the reader to both the poet and the time period. Your reader’s guide should include the following subheadings

Title and Author

Use secondary sources (see below) to provide a short biographical sketch of the author. Discuss the title of the poem in this section, as well. 

A Summary of the Work

Provide a thorough but succinct summary of the poem in question.


Discuss the poem’s form:  free verse or form? Rhymed? Unrhymed? Fixed form? Discuss the form thoroughly.

Analysis of Major Themes/Ideas

A thoroughly-developed discussion of the poem’s major ideas and themes. This section should be the longest and most developed, ranging from three to five paragraphs. It should be analysis, not summary.

Each subheading should be clearly identified in your text using bold-faced font. You could also include additional subheadings if need be. Your reader’s guide should be no fewer than 750 words and no more than 1200 words. Double space everything. Title your essay “A Readers’ Guide to [Poet’s Name] [Poem].”

You are required to use two secondary sources. Secondary sources must be drawn from the GALILEO databases. Document your sources in strict MLA format. Do not forget to document your primary source, the poem itself.

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