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 presents your poem as well as its author. Information about the poet and the social context surrounding the writing of the poem can be found in your textbook. End your introduction with a thesis statement that identifies and interprets a key theme of the poem.
- 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 References page.
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.