Prompt: Final draft: Oct. 31
4 pages double-spaced. No less. Minimum of two outside sources using M.L.A. parenthetical citations within your paper and a Works Cited sheet at the end. Only use sources from the SBCC library data base, not the internet. I don’t need biographical information about the author in your introduction. Any works that you read and learn from, but do not cite in your paper should go in a Bibliography. Please refer to the Writing volume of your Kennedy text for explanation about poetry essays and using the M.L.A. style (you are probably already quite familiar with citing M.L.A. style).
Be sure that the first sentence of your introduction refers to the author and the piece you are analyzing. During the body of your essay, there’s no need to keep referring to the author. If need be, refer to the speaker of the poem, but there’s little need for that. Give 3-4 lines of general background information about the poem(s), and then your thesis statement. No people/humans statements please! I should know immediately, from your thesis, what aspect/theme of the poem you will be discussing/analyzing. You may then give a brief summary of the poem in the paragraph after the intro. After that, there is no more re-telling, only discussion/analysis/expansion of the poem’s words to develop your thesis. YOUR PAPER SHOULD NOT JUST BE A PARAPHRASE OF THE POEM. Please talk to me about this if you don’t understand. I am expecting MANY short quotes from the poem, and your analysis of these. No Floating Quotes! Divide your paper up into clear paragraph topics – each topic relates to an aspect of your thesis.
Then end with a conclusion paragraph. Please also read my notes below these topics to help you with your essays. Note: Do not confuse the speaker of the poem with the author – in other words, the speaker is often a character created by the author, and the poem is not necessarily autobiographical.
Poem: Emily Dickinson: “I heard a Fly buzz when I Died” (953). Write an explication of this poem but be sure that you do it in such a way that your essay has unity – i.e. formulate a thesis statement with a single claim about the poem and discuss/develop that claim through close explication of the words of the poem.