Poetry Essay

Write a well-organized essay of approximately 500 words on one of the following topics. Please take some time to jot down your thoughts and to plan your essay before you begin writing. Be sure that you include direct quotations from the poems we have read to support your assertions.After you finish, take time to proofread carefully for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. Content, organization, and grammar/punctuation will all be taken into account in determining your grade.

Do NOT do any outside research; this is not a research paper. DO be sure to do ALL your own work. Please refer to the GPC Cheating/Plagiarism policy under course information if you have any questions about either of those issues.

Choose one of the following topics. As you respond, limit yourself to the poems we have discussed in this class.

If you and I read the same poem the same week in the same class, we will all understand it the same way. No? Find an example of a poem that can support two entirely different readings, and show how it does so.

By using such devices as similes, metaphors, symbolism, and personification, poets give their work a quality that separates it from prose and makes it truly poetic. In careful detail, demonstrate how at least one poet uses various devices and to what effect he or she does so.

Which do you prefer, the delayed gratification of desire or a carpe diem philosophy, which emphasizes the moment? Choose two or more poems that debate this question, and show what conclusions the poems draw.

Choose two or three poems we have studied, and carefully analyze the authors use of humor. How is it used? To what end is the humor employed?

Writers have adopted various perspectives about death, with many viewing it as a consummation devoutly to be wished (Hamlet) and others dreading it as a thief that robs life and pleasure. Choose at least two poems that deal with death, and discuss ways that poets treat it.

 
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