Poetry Paper

Poetry Paper

 Choose one of the topics below and write an essay of at least 700 words.  This paper must be submitted to Blackboard’s dropbox .  Please underline your thesis statement; remember that it should be the last sentence in your first paragraph.  Also, remember to use present tense verbs when writing about literary works.  Failure to support your thesis statement with the text will result in a failing grade; you must quote judiciously from your chosen work or works.  Please follow the citation format for poems as provided in your books.  Simply follow the models! 

As this paper is a formal paper, please avoid using first person (I, me, my, we, our, ours) and second person (you, your, you’re, yours, yourself).  Please proofread your paper before you submit it, and please remember that titles of poems must be put in quotation marks, e.g., John Keats’ “To Autumn.”  Please do not see these prompts as a series of questions you have to answer.  I am providing questions there so that you can develop ideas and thesis statements.  The thesis statement must not be a wordy collection of clauses attempting to respond to every question asked! 

            In addition to the primary source(s), the poems themselves, you will need at least two secondary sources incorporated into your paper through in-text or parenthetical citation.  Outside sources must come from LINCC Web; you may use books and articles you access through the Learning Resources Center.  “Sources” you may not use include but are not limited to the following: www.schmoop.com, www.enotes.com Wikipedia, Sparknotes, the Bible, the Koran, dictionaries, encyclopedias, Cliff's Notes, Monarch Notes, Masterplots or Masterplots II.  Papers lacking the proper number of valid sources will earn a failing grade! 

Remember your papers are automatically checked for plagiarism by Turnitin.        Students who plagiarize will earn a zero on the paper and possibly an F in the class; they will not get a chance to rewrite the paper.  Please know that you can rely on the Learning Commons at the school either in person or remotely to get help with your writing.



1.                   Characterize the speaker of Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess.”  This poem can be found on p. 590 of your textbook.   What kind of man is the speaker?  How does the speaker, the duke, view women?   Their place in his world?  How does Browning use irony to expose the speaker’s true self?


Please remember that if you fail to quote from the primary texts, the poem itself or the poems themselves, you will fail this assignment—earning no better than a 50%.  If you fail to integrate at least two outside sources from LINCC Web’s databases into your essay, using the proper MLA format, you will fail this paper—earning no better than a 50%.



_____ You must be sure not to make the poem’s title into your paper’s title.


_____ You must not use first person (I, me, my, we, etc.) or

second person (you, your, you’re etc.) in a literary analysis.


_____ Put titles of poems inside quotation marks!


_____ You must provide parenthetical citations that follow the proper format for the primary and secondary sources. 




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