Poetry is a literary form that can offer readers a different experience based on whether the poem is read silently, read aloud, or simply listened to when read by someone else. For example, you might hear a certain rhythm or change of pace that you might not catch when simply reading the poem silently to yourself. For this week’s discussion, you will read and listen to poetry. Read and listen with careful eyes and ears so you can respond thoughtfully to the two parts of the discussion this week.
Part One: Read “We Real Cool” and “My Papa’s Waltz” in your textbook. Then, answer the following questions about one of the poems:
- What is the theme of the poem? How do you know this is the theme?
- What poetic devices (rhythm, figurative language, etc.) are used in the poem? Offer at least two examples.
- How do these poetic devices contribute to the development of the poem’s message?
Support your ideas with textual details and analyses. When you have answered the questions above, then move on to the next set of instructions in Part Two.
Part Two: Listen to “We Real Cool” and “My Papa’s Waltz.” These clips demonstrate the importance of performance, rhythm, and musicality in the poetic form. Describe your listening experience of the same poem you wrote about above. If you are unable to listen to these poems due to an auditory impairment, please reach out to your Instructor for an alternative prompt for this discussion. Respond to at least two of the following questions:
- How did hearing the poem recited aloud compare to a silent reading of it?
- Did the performance highlight certain words or phrases that were not as apparent in a silent reading?
- Did the pace change and, if so, how did it change your understanding of the poem?
- Did words have different connotations and, if so, what kind(s) of connotation did you associate with the poem?
- Do you think reading poetry aloud is a worthwhile endeavor when analyzing it? Why, or why not?
Support your ideas with textual details and analyses. Address how specific literary elements and techniques contributed to your experience and the conflict. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. The minimum word count does not include references.
As part of the writing process, you are expected to reflect on your work and revise and edit accordingly. It is also useful to establish a community of learners in which you help edit and proofread each other’s papers. This reciprocal process will help you identify areas of strength and weakness in others’ writing as well as reflect on your own work and perhaps discover similar strengths and weaknesses. For this week, you will be performing a peer review on a classmate’s Week Three Draft. For your initial post
- Read the instructions for completing the Week Three Draft assignment.
- Then, do one of the following:
- Upload an early version of your Week Three Draft (at least 300 words) (.doc format) as a new thread with your name and title of paper.
- Create a new thread in which you copy and paste your draft into the body of your post.
- Post a detailed outline (at least 200 words) that clearly illustrates how you plan to organize your essay. The outline should contain a working thesis, topic sentences, and details/textual references to support the topic sentences. See the Sample Outline in the Ashford Writing Center for guidance.
The draft or outline you share in the discussion needs to meet the specified word requirements (above) and must be double-spaced. You will build on the draft or outline and submit it as your Week Three Draft assignment this week.
Week Three Draft
Why Write a Draft?
All writers begin a project by brainstorming their ideas and constructing a rough draft. The draft is not a completed paper; rather, it allows writers to explore and develop their ideas. As part of the writing process, it is important for writers to rehearse their materials before those materials “go live.”
You will complete a draft this week that will allow you to explore and develop your ideas in preparation for your Literary Analysis, which is due in Week Five. Writing a literary analysis helps us to more readily connect conflicts in literature to our everyday experiences and analyze our own lives as well as human motivations and behavior in general. Finally, it improves our writing and reading skills overall.
How to Write the Draft
Closely read and take notes on the Literary Analysis assignment found under the Week Five tab. There, you will find complete directions. By this point in the course, you will have discussed two texts from the List of Literary Works, defined at least one conflict, and identified and described at least three literary techniques as specified in the Week Five Literary Analysis prompt.
For this assignment, you will construct a working thesis statement that defines in detail the conflict you will analyze, the two texts you will address, and the literary devices you will apply to your final analysis. Review the Writing a Clear and Sound Thesis for a Literary Analysis for support.
The body of your paper, which will consist of 800 to 1000 words, is to be presented in four sections as detailed below.
- Identify the conflict in the two texts you have chosen.
- Identify the similarities and differences in the representation of the conflict in the texts.
- Identify three literary techniques and elements that help represent this conflict.
- Literary Techniques in [Title of First Chosen Text]
- Literary Techniques in [Title of Second Chosen Text]
- Explain where and how you see the three literary techniques at work in your second chosen text.
- Provide specific examples by quoting, paraphrasing, and/or summarizing.
- Explain how the literary techniques define and draw out this conflict.
- Similarities and Differences
- Compare and contrast the manner in which the texts address the conflict.
- Explain if they use different and/or similar literary techniques to articulate that conflict.
- Explain the different and/or similar resolutions of each conflict and how those resolutions were reached.
Compile a working references list on a separate page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Watch the ENG125 Literature Research video (Transcript) for help with finding sources from the library for your paper.
Keep in mind you are writing a literary analysis so please avoid supplying extensive summaries of the texts. Write a summary only when it aids you in describing a specific conflict and/or application of a literary device.
- Topic: Your draft must contain a working thesis that helps you to explore the topic. Your paper must address at least two of the texts (one of which must be a short story), a specific conflict, and at least three of the literary techniques as listed in the Week Five Literary Analysis guidelines.
- Length: Your draft must be 800 to 1000 words in length, excluding the title and references pages.
- Sources: Your draft must contain a working references page with two to four sources used to support your examples and findings.
- Elements of Academic Writing: Your draft must contain clear transitions between sections.
- APA: Your assignment must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Separate Title Page: Must include a separate title page that lists the following: an original title, your name, date of submission, and your instructor’s name.
- Separate References Page: At the end of your paper, include a separate references page that lists all sources utilized for and cited within your analysis.
- Proper Citations: All sources must be properly cited according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, both within the text of your paper and on the references page.