Wednesday, 25 October
good explication concentrates on details: you must quote portions of the
poem to show how the text supports your thesis. Make sure you also explain,
however, how that quotation illustrates your thesis, and why the quotation
means what you claim it does. Then offer comments that show how the portion
youre interpreting contributes to the work as a whole. As a general
rule, say more about less: limit your focus to a small enough
topic so that you can cover it in some detail in this brief paper.
to the first assignment sheet for a suggested procedure for composition,
and for the requested format. Note these additional suggestions, however.
Put the titles of poems in quotation marks; for poems which do not have
a title, you may refer to the first line as if it were the title. When
quoting poetry, use slashes to indicate the end of lines; for example,
Break, break, break, / On thy cold gray stones, O Sea! (ll.
1-2). When quoting four or more lines, indent the quotation and omit the
slashes and the quotation marks:
in the first paper, in which you did not use any outside resources , I
want you to find on the Internet one piece of relevant information about
the poem or the poet. Use the handout of links I gave you earlier. We
will talk in class about how to judge and incorporate on-line information.
I will be happy to discuss topics and approaches with you, or to examine and comment on your draft. This paper is due in class. I will penalize late papers by one letter grade per day. Please see me if it appears your paper will not be finished on time.