English 207Q: Studies in Poetry , Freshman Inquiry Section                                        

Dr. Morillo

Paper 5 assignment
Length: 3- 5 double-spaced pages
Due as a draft Monday, November 6 at the start of class
Due revised at the end of the term. Then the grade will count 10% of your final grade.

For this paper you will combine interpretation and evaluation, the levels of thinking Bloom and others consider most challenging. Choose any one poem in the Seagull Reader that you think is the very best one. Write a 3-5 page essay in which you explain as precisely and concretely as you can whatever it is you think makes the poem excellent.  Draw upon whatever aspects of poetry you find most relevant to making a persuasive case for why your chosen poem is so good.  You now have a considerably expanded range of possibilities compared to what you had in your first essay for this class, because you now know the terminology of poetry and how to use it to both criticize and write verse. Consider the poems form as a significant part of its content. Draw on your own experience as a poet. Picking the best of anything is an inherently comparative task, so be sure to spend some time reading a good selection of poems before settling on your choice. Although persuasion about which poem is best requires argument, when writing about poetry interpretation of meaning is not the be all and end all of what is important about art, so I encourage including how to address the aesthetic qualities of art, beauty, and the pleasure all good poetry provides.

Do not neglect the guidelines for clear expository writing: quality of thesis; placement of points; match of claims to evidence, etc.

Because this is a tough assignment, you will turn in a draft to me, I'll comment on it, and you'll revise the same paper to turn in for the grade at the end of the semester

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