PoetryExplication Essay: Choose (3) poems we have read in the past fewweeks and write an essay which includes your explication (interpretation) ofeach poem. To do this, you must findconnections or similarities which allow you to link the poems together. The following guidelines will help you planand envision your essay. Ultimately,this essay will be three pages in length.
Thefollowing can serve as a general outline for your explications. You will have todecide what your essay should include or not include. Just be sure your explication is thoroughand organized.
a.(Includesuch items as what is the poem title, who is the author, and is the theme orsubject of the poems.)
II.BodyParagraphs will include:
(Isit a lyric poem? Is it an ode, haiku, sonnet or some other form you canidentify?)
Paraphrases of lines/includedirect quotes
Thisis where you discuss alliteration, allusion, metaphor, rhythm, rhyme, etcorganize this part in a way that best fits your content. For instance, you mightwant to discuss the sound traits first, then go on to the figurative traits suchas personification, symbol, metaphor, etc.)
(Proposewhat the theme is and support/defend your interpretation. The object is to showthat you have reached a reasonable conclusion. What evidence supports yourinterpretation?)
(Makejudgments about the poem. SUGGESTIONS/EXAMPLES:How well did the author do at making his/her point or creating an intended moodor other impact? Which elements were the strongest or weakest and why? Were someimages or metaphors particularly interesting or effective and why? Did the rhymescheme contribute to the poem or distract? Etc., etc., etc.)
(SUGGESTIONS/EXAMPLES:What did you like or not like and why? How did you feel after reading the poem?Did it give you a new perspective or was it trite and why? Did it relate to you,or was it so foreign an idea that it did not seem to pertain to you, andwhy?)