Week 1 - Assignment 3
Assignment 3: Draft
Analytical Essay about Poetry
By Saturday, July 1, 2017, submit your essay as a Microsoft
Word document to the W1: Assignment 3 Discussion Area at the bottom of the
By Sunday, July 2, 2017 comment on at least two of your
classmate's submissions using the peer review questions provided below.
The essay assignment for this week is to compose a paper of
at least 750 words in which you offer your interpretation of a key theme in one
of the assigned poems. You may choose any poem from the reading list except for
“The Chimney Sweeper.” If you wish, you may base your paper on the analysis you
began in this week’s discussion question. If you get “stuck,” read your chosen
poem again with a pen in hand so you can make notes. Do not hesitate to share
your initial ideas with your classmates and the instructor.
You should open your essay with an introductory paragraph
that engages the reader and presents your poem and author. End your
introduction with a thesis statement that interprets one literary element of
the poem (such as theme, imagery, symbolism, or characterization).
Each paragraph following the introduction should present
specific aspects of the poem that help to illustrate and support your thesis.
Make sure to quote and analyze specific lines that support your argument.
Include a concluding paragraph at the end that summarizes
the main points of the paper and explains the significance of the thesis.
You may use this sample student paper as an example. If you
need help formulating your thesis, please contact your instructor.
You do not need to do outside research for this essay.
Instead, look at the sample student essay on “The Chimney Sweeper” and use your
textbook to find other models.
Apply APA rules of style to source citations as well as the
overall formatting of your essay. Be sure to include a title page and a
Use this APA Citation Helper as a convenient reference for
properly citing resources.
This handout will help guide you in the details of
formatting your essay using APA style.
You may create your essay in this APA-formatted template.
When responding to your peers please answer the following
Locate the paper’s thesis. Is it obvious or unclear? Does it
establish an interpretation of a key theme from the poem? Is the thesis as
specific as it needs to be?
Is each paragraph organized around one key point? Do topic
sentences clearly indicate the focus of each paragraph?
Does the author support each main point with direct
quotations from the poem that are analyzed and explained? Do you have any
suggestions for improvement?
Where do you disagree with the author’s analysis? What
aspects of the poem are left unexplained?