Outline briefly where you want to visit each prompt item—in other words, draw down a precise order. Make sure your argument is clear and covers the terminology given in the directions, literary devices, tone, and meaning. In your thesis statement, provide the author's name and the title of the poem. Explain why you think this poet is important for his or her time period. Finish by summarizing what you have learned from this poem.
Here are some additional questions to consider as you write your essay: What elements does this poem contain? How did these elements influence its meaning? Why is the use of metaphor important to this poem?
Can you identify any symbols used in this poem? What do they mean? How do they affect your understanding of the poem?
What effect does the use of iambic pentameter have on this poem? How would this be different if some other form of meter was used?
In what ways does the use of alliteration contribute to the meaning of this poem? How might this be accomplished using different techniques?
What is the overall tone of this poem? Is it serious or humorous?
Make a note of the statement or sentences. For example, the poem's title and something fundamental about the poem, such as whether it is in a set structure or may be read as a dramatic monologue. The first paragraph of your essay should establish your primary ideas (arguments) and, most crucially, provide your thesis statement. A thesis statement not only serves as the guide for your essay but is also one of the two main requirements to fulfill for an essay to be considered "well-written".
When writing your thesis statement, keep these points in mind: It should be clear and specific. It should match the topic of the essay. It should be concise but not so brief that it gives away too much information. And finally, it should make sense! If your thesis doesn't make any sense, then how will anyone else understand it?
Once you have identified your main ideas, the next step is to organize them in a logical order. Start with the idea that holds the most weight in your mind and work your way through the other notions toward this one. For example, if you think of yourself as having two main ideas in your essay, one regarding love and the other death, you would start with the idea of death because it is more important to the whole thing. Then, using this as a point of reference, discuss ways in which love has killed people throughout history (or possible ways), followed by discussions on modern relationships where one person works long hours and the other suffers from boredom.
Write paragraphs that demonstrate a unit of thought or argument for the summary. An introduction and conclusion are required. You know the poet's name and the year the poem was written. Investigate the ramifications of these components for the poetry and include this knowledge into your introduction. Summarize significant themes or ideas in the poem. Comment on its strengths and weaknesses as well as those of other poems written by the same author. Do not simply repeat what others have said about the poem.
These are only some examples of ways to write about a poem. The point is that a good literary analysis must be comprehensive, even if it has limited space. A good literary analysis cannot be accomplished in a hurry; instead, it requires time and attention to detail.
In conclusion, writing an effective literary analysis involves more than just copying and pasting phrases from other sources. It means presenting information about the poem with clarity and concision while keeping an eye on consistency and coherence.
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