Compare-Contrast Essay on Two Poems
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Write a comparison-contrast essay on any two or more poems by a single poet. Look for two poems that share a characteristic thematic concern.
Here are some possible topics for the Compare-Contrast Essay on Two Poems:
a. Mortality in the work of John Keats
b. Nature in the poems of William Wordsworth
c. How Emily Dickinson’s lyric poems resemble hymns
d. E. E. Cumming’s approach to the free-verse line.
The paper should:
• be 1000-1500 words long (4-6) pages. The minimum is a complete FOUR pages WITHOUT the Works Cited page.
• use MLA format: Header, double-spaced, 12 font size, Times New Roman, page number, title.
• use FOUR peer-reviewed (academic journals) articles. Visit Hill College Library Database (or library of your choice) to find academic journals and peer-reviewed articles for your essay.
• In the library databases page start with the following databases:
o Academic OneFile (Gale)
o Academic Search Complete
o You can choose from the subject box on the search page (Literature).
o In the search limiters (left of the screen) check the full-text document and Peer-reviewed Journals.
o Enter the keywords of your subject and start.
• Works Cited page in MLA format (the last page).
The writing process of this paper will be completed in THREE parts:
1. Paper Topic and Outline (Sentence outline) due March 7
2. First rough Draft March 7
3. Final Draft March 8
1. Paper Topic and Outline
• start by brainstorming (Usually a list of thoughts about the topic) you don’t have to include this part in the outline
• do some research about your topic (you might start with google to get an idea about the topic), but I don’t want to see any reference or quote from google or non-peer-reviewed articles in the essay.
• Organize the outline as follows:
• Write your purpose (respond, interpret, evaluate; when you write a literary argument, your purpose is to persuade), audience, point of view, and thesis at the top of the outline page.
• Below the thesis, enter the pattern of development that is implied by the evidence you’ve accumulated (Chronological, Spatial, Emphatic, Simple-to-Complex)
• Introduction: introduce the story, the writer and topic. At the end provide again the thesis. (one sentence on each)
• Background information about the topic and why it is important to be discussed/analyzed. (2 sentences)
• Body: Supporting paragraphs: (1-2 sentences on each topic/paragraph)
1. Group related items together. Give each group a heading that represents the main topic in support of the thesis.
2. Label these main topics with Roman numerals (I, II, III and so on). Let the order of numerals indicate the best sequence.
3. Identify subtopics and group them under the appropriate main topics. Indent and label them (A, B, C, and so on).
4. Identify supporting points (often examples from the primary/original text (story/poem) and group them under the appropriate subtopics. Indent and label them (1, 2, 3 and so on).
5. Identify specific details (secondary examples, quotations from other articles and sources) and group them under the appropriate supporting points. Indent and label them (a, b, c, and so on).
6. Examine your outline, looking for places where evidence is weak. Where appropriate, and add new evidence.
7. Double-check that all content develops some aspect of the thesis. Also, confirm that all items are arranged in the most logical order
8. Repeat 3, 4 and 5 for every main topic that supports the thesis.
• Conclusion: reinforce your thesis and sum up the essay’s main points.
• Works Cited page: must include the main text(s) that is used as the primary source and secondary sources.
• Sources must be formatted in MLA style, in alphabetical order, with a hanging indent.
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