Analyze the context of the story/poem: what cultural


Literary Analysis 2


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3-4 pages, typed, double spaced, 1” margins, 12 point font, Times New Roman

For this essay, you will create and support an argument about a collection of poems.

The Poems are The Raven, The Sleeper and The Bell by Edgar Allan Poe. (Attached)…

You must look beyond the poems themselves for a stronger message. For this assignment, you have many tools at your disposal, such as imagery, language, theme, characterization, etc. Rhetorical concepts such as ethos, pathos, logos may also help you formulate an argument about a piece of literature. Here are a few questions to consider about analyzing a piece of literature:

What are the poems about? What do they have in common?
What are some of the noticeable features? (tone, diction, theme, imagery, etc.) What is the main point/argument you want to make about the poems?
What are some examples from the poetry that will support your argument?

An analysis of poetry may tackle the imagery found in the piece. Is there a reoccurring image that transcends the text or story, and speaks to a larger state of the world, of humanity? For example, if a poet keeps returning to images of birds, literally or metaphorically, can that be argued as a statement about escapism?

Or, an analysis may examine connection between the form and content of the poem. Is the way the poem is written reflective of the theme? Say, do short, choppy sentences add to the image of a speeding train, or a car accident? Does an overuse of punctuation (or lack there of) reflect a theme of chaos, or lack of control?

A successful Literary Analysis will:

give a brief description of the piece(s) studied, information about the author, followed by a clear thesis in which you state your argument about the story/poem.
provide examples from the piece, as well as outside sources (if needed), that support your argument.

analyze the audience targeted in the story/poem: who might this resonate with most?
analyze the context of the story/poem: what cultural phenomena/current event are referenced. consider a variety of other possible interpretations of the story/poem (acknowledge that there’s not only one way to read the piece.)


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