Analyze one poem from the assigned readings using one of the following critical approaches (NOT reader response or biographical criticism) we discussed in the Week four forum, using one to two secondary sources to help support your argument. This source must be peer-reviewed and scholarly. Please read lesson four for an explanation about scholarly sources. Make sure that the essay has a strong thesis related to the approach–do not argue that “this poem is best analyzed with this approach.” Again the allowed critical approach choices are: •feminist criticism •historical criticism •Marxist and social criticism •New Historicism •psychological criticism •structuralism This essay will be the first in which you will use some sources. While it should primarily use passages from the poem to discuss as evidence, it should also reference 1-2 scholarly sources. 2.The essay should be in MLA essay format (see the sample essay for an example of an MLA formatted essay). 3.The essay must have an MLA format works cited list that cites all sources used.
4.The essay grading rubric can be found here. 5.Do not use the same poems you used previously for your initial post in weeks three and four. I will be checking. 6.Avoid any and all summary sites within your essay. 7.Use literary present and third person in your essay, as discussed in lesson two. Poems to choose from: “Go Down Moses” ◦“Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter” – Robert Bly ◦“To My Dear and Loving Husband” – Anne Bradstreet ◦“A Hard Rain is Gonna’ Fall” – Bob Dylan – This is a video. You can read the lyrics here: “A Hard Rain is Gonna’ Fall.” ◦“Mending Wall” – Robert Frost ◦“The Road Not Taken” – Robert Frost ◦“Plane Wreck at Los Gatos” – Woody Guthrie ◦“This Land is Your Land” – Woody Guthrie ◦“Harlem” – Langston Hughes ◦“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” – Langston Hughes ◦“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” – Christopher Marlowe ◦“To His Coy Mistress” – Andrew Marvell ◦“The Nymph’s Reply” – Sir Walter Raleigh ◦“My Papa’s Waltz” – Theodore Roethke ◦“Ozymandias” – Percy Bysshe Shelley ◦“Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night” – Dylan Thomas ◦“Liberty and Peace” – Phillis Wheatley ◦“On Being Brought from Africa to America” – Phillis Wheatley ◦“Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking” – Walt Whitman ◦“Lake Isle of Innisfree” – W. B. Yeats


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