Compare and contrast some of the poems from this week’s readings. You may compare poems from a single poet, or compare poems across poets. Have a debatable, persuasive claim and focus on specific points of comparison, using the Lesson in week 7 to guide your structure.
Your essays should be in MLA Style and approximately 1625-1950 words, not including the Work(s) Cited page. Meeting the minimum word requirement makes you eligible for a C grade. Meeting the maximum word requirements makes you eligible for an A grade. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your).
In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professor’s name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space your information from your name onward, and don’t forget a title. All papers should be in Times New Roman font with 12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your paper. All paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in literature, please research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems.
Read: Sharon Olds, “First Thanksgiving” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/53387
Read: Sharon Olds, “Still Life in Landscape” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/53386
Read: Sharon Olds, “After Making Love in Winter” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=36723
Read: Sharon Olds, “The Planned Child” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=36230
Read: Linda Pastan, “A Rainy Country” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=42085
Read: Linda Pastan, “I Am Learning to Abandon the World” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/detail/34957
Read: Linda Pastan, “The Obligation to Be Happy” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/detail/39788
Read: Linda Pastan, “Why Are Your Poems So Dark?” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/detail/41918
Read: Larry Levis, “SIgns” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/47941
Read: Larry Levis, “To a Wren on Calvary” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/47946
Read: Larry Levis, “Winter Stars” at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/53388