Write argumentative thesis and write a analysis.
Use the poem “Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney.
Using close reading techniques, develop an argumentative thesis for your analysis. Write a two-three-page paper that supports your thesis. At the end of the essay, provide a Writing Process Summation by answering the following questions:
- Why did you choose this poem?
- How did you arrive at your understanding and assertion about the poem?
- What were the points you made in this essay?
- How did you revise this?
- What do you want your reader to see from your essay?
Some of you are having difficulty understanding how to analyze rather than just summarize a piece of literature. You understand that literary criticism means paying close attention to all the details, but still are not sure what to do with those details to analyze the poem. The following may give you some guidance so that you can start out well.
As you look at the poems, you need to focus on a specific topic and take a stance. One way of doing this is to answer a question by looking very closely at the poem from the perspective of the question.
“Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney
- How does the order of the details affect the reader?
- Why is the speaker so matter-of-fact in tone?
- How do the images in the poem such as “bells knelling” and “snow drops and candles soothed the bedside” and “four foot box” affect our understanding of the poem?
- How does grief affect the speaker of the poem?
This paper must have a Works Cited page, separate from the body of the essay (insert a page break to make sure it is always on another page).
At the end of your essay, insert a page break to ensure that your Work Cited page will be on a separate page. I have cited one of the poems below. After that I have given you the pattern for the citation. You must use examples from the poem and you must cite the poem for this assignment.
Keats, John. “To Autumn.” The Norton Introduction to Literature. Kelly J. Mays, ed. Portable 11th ed. New York: Norton, 2016. 695-696. Print.
Last name of author, first name. “Title of the Poem.” Title of book. Editor. Edition. Place of Publication: publisher, date of publication. Page number(s). Medium.