Response Paper 3 Instructions
Prepare Response Paper 2 on one of the poems studied in Module 5-Poetry 1.
Snapping Beans by Lisa Parker
1) Provide an explication (like a rephrase) of the poem where you re-write the poem in your own words.
2) Identify and characterize (describe gender, personality, likes and dislikes, fears, beliefs, and so on) the speaker/voice in the poem.
3) Analyze the poem’s sound and rhyme patterns by applying the sound and rhyme techniques studied in this module to the poem (for example, euphony, cacophony, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, perfect and imperfect rhymes, alliterative rhymes, end rhymes, and so on).
4) Analyze the poem’s rhythmic techniques (for example, repetition, arrangement of words, the meter used, and so on).
5) Apply any literary criticisms that may be relevant to explaining this poem.
Note the following:
• 1) You must identify the Criticism you are using (by naming it) in your paper.
• 2) In the Introduction ensure you provide the following:
o The poet’s name, some relevant information on the poet that relates to your analysis (based on your research), and the story’s title (in quotation marks).
• 3) Ensure you include at least two research sources you have reviewed through the library databases that support something you have said about the poet or about the story.
• 4) Ensure you have a thesis statement that announces what the entire paper will be about.
o Thesis=topic + main idea (techniques used by the author and the poet’s purpose); Example: Thomas Hardy, in his poem “Ruined Maid,” uses repetition, alliteration, rhyme, and rhythm to effectively give a history lesson of the lives of women in early twentieth century thus making the poem open to a Historical Criticism.
• 5) Include in-text citations to cite the poem and the sources cited.
o When citing from the poem, cite the line number of the poem only. The first time you cite a line, capitalize the “L” (Line 3), but for all subsequent times, do not capitalize it (line 5)
o When citing the editor of the textbook, cite the editor of the text as follows with his or her name and page number: (Meyer 230)
o Cite a research source as follows with author’s name and page number or paragraph number, if there is no page number: (Goldstein 12) OR
(Goldstein par. 3)
o Cite a research source as follows with no author or page number: (“An Intimate Look at Langston Hughes” par. 3)
• 6) Include a Works Cited page.
o Citing a poem from the textbook (this is an example of the format to be used; this textbook is not the same as the one you are using, so make the necessary adjustments):
Hardy, Thomas. "The Ruined Maid." The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 8th ed. Ed. Michael Meyer. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. 115-116. Print.
o Citing the author of the textbook (this is an example of the format to be used; it is not the correct citation information for your textbook):
Meyer, Michael, ed. The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 8th ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009. Print.
• 7) The word count for this paper is relative to the length and complexity of the poem chosen, but should not be less than 500 words (this does not include the words of the original poem).
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