For your final essay, construct a close-reading-based analysis that advances an

For your final essay, construct a close-reading-based analysis that advances an interpretive argument regarding one or a set of related works of poetry. That is, you are focusing how the formal elements of poetry in this work (or works) come together to develop one of its core themes. You may write about one of the texts we have looked at this semester, another selection included in Reading Poetry: An Introduction, or a different work that you clear with me. If you choose to analyze more than a single work, make sure that your analysis interlinks these works based on some fundamental point of commonality – i.e. your essay shouldn’t read like two or three mini-essays on shorter works that have been awkwardly crammed together. Keep in mind though, that focusing in-depth in the space available to you on a single work will often yield a more incisive, insightful essay than “spreading yourself thin” comparing multiple works. Regardless of how many works you analyze, consider the formal elements of drama covered in class this semester and draw on the critical terminology we have covered – as appropriate. Also, remember that your interpretive claims need to be grounded in engagement with evidence from the text in question in the form of short quotation or paraphrase.
Your essay should draw meaningfully on at least three scholarly sources – that is, these sources should be woven in substantively to your line(s) of argument to advance your interpretation, provide cultural or socio-historical context for your analysis, and/or offer a contrastive analytical take on the text(s) in question. These sources should not be used to throw random quotations into your essay as “garnish,” draw on biographical author data that isn’t connected substantively to your analysis, or introduce ideas that you don’t connect up with in your analysis. You may use peer-reviewed books and articles (in print or from the online databases our library subscribes to), but no webpages—though copies of print articles made available online are acceptable).
6-8 Pages in MLA format

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