(2) Prepare a complete draft of your essay, including a title, an introduction paragraph, 2 or more body paragraphs discussing structure and meaning, a concluding paragraph and a list of sources (Works Cited– MLA Style).
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Choose a poem the handout “Postwar and Confessional Poetry.”
Make notes on the poem you have chosen OR make notes and write a paragraph explaining the structure and meaning. (By the end of the semester, you are required to write one paragraph only in your notebook.)
Read the poem you were assigned. Go to the homepage and listen to the poem.
Write one or two paragraphs in your notebook.
(1) Describe the poem’s structure.
(2) Discuss the poem’s meaning or message.
Use the handouts to help you.
1. “Miniver Cheevy“:
Who is Miniver Cheevy and what is his problem? Give examples to explain his problem. Check an online encyclopedia to understand the following the following allusions: Thebes, Camelot (l. 11), the Medici (l. 17). Choose one and explain.
2. “Richard Cory“:
Who is the speaker of the poem? What kind of person is Richard Cory? Give examples from the poem. Why did Richard Cory kill himself?
3. “We Wear the Mask“:
Who is the speaker of the poem? What problem does the speaker describe? Why does the speaker use “we” throughout the poem?
Who is the speaker of the poem? Why does the speaker sympathize with the bird? Explain with examples from the poem.