Choose one of the poems from your readings in Chapter
33: âPoetry for Further Readingâ and compose a written explication of that
poem. The poem you select must be sophisticated enough to sustain a detailed
analysis. You may choose a poem by the same poet you discussed in the Module 5
Discussion Board who comes from a different culture than your own.
Your explication should be 3-4 pages.
It should analyze one or more of the poem’s
elements (see readings from chapters 27 and 28 for specific elements).
Your explication is not a summary of what the
poem is about. Nor are you expected to unravel the poemâs âmeaning.â Rather,
you are explaining how the poet used a particular poetic element, and you are
analyzing how that element affects the rest of the poem.
When writing your explication:
Choose a poem that is sophisticated enough to
sustain a detailed analysis.
Include a thesis statement that states the
element you are analyzing and why.
Follow a systematic writing pattern by analyzing
the element on which you are focusing line by line or stanza by stanza.
Provide textual examples (words, phrases, and
lines) from the poem to illustrate your analytical statements. Cite your
sources using correct APA formatting found in CSU-Global Guide to Writing and
APA Requirements. See the tutorial in Module 1 for an explanation on how to do
The UNC Writing Center and The Purdue OWL
provide detailed examples of poetry explication.
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