2 October 2012 * Due 9 October 2012 Dr. J. Deitch
AP/EN 1001 C * ESSAY 1 * 3 pages double-spaced
Comparative essay on dramatic monologue OR epigrammatic poetry
Please follow the procedure given carefully.
Retrieve the sheet on Thesis Statements and the Poetry Checklist from the course website.
1) Choose 2 poems from the reading for EITHER week 3 OR week 4.
2) First study the poems carefully, reading each one closely and marking everything you notice (you may choose to photocopy the poems and mark up the copies). Use the Poetry Checklist, posted on the course website, and/or the terms we have discussed so far from ELT, plus your lecture notes. Don’t forget to add your own ideas when marking the poems.
3) On a sheet of paper, make a list of all the similarities you can find between the two poems.
4) On another sheet of paper, make another list of all the differences you can find between the two poems.
5) Examine your list of similarities. Select the most interesting THEMATIC idea as the basis of your comparison analysis and use this as the THESIS CENTRAL IDEA; or you may select ONE element from the definition of the GENRE. For example:
Both Browning’s “My Last Duchess” and Berryman’s “A Professor’s Song” use the dramatic monologue to give insight into the mind of a tyrannical male.
Both Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro” and Frost’s “Fire and Ice” employ the terseness of the epigrammatic genre.
6) Examine your lists again. Select THREE FORMAL TERMS which generate interesting similarities and/or differences in the two poems. Select from the terms we have studied so far from ELT: metaphor (simile), imagery, symbol, atmosphere, hyperbole, understatement (litotes), periphrasis, pun, apostrophe, rhetorical question, anaphora, antithesis, chiasmus, irony, diction. Use your 3 selected terms as the THREE MAIN POINTS of the thesis statement which back up the thesis central idea. For example:
In both cases, hyperbole, understatement, and rhetorical...