ENG201Y (Reading Poetry): Essay #1

Due: Thursday 26th October 2000, by 6 p.m.

Length: 1250 words (5 250-word pages)

"Figures of thought" (Adams 132) for instance, metaphor, simile, personification may enhance the "vividness, complexity, or breadth of implication" of an idea or subject ("Metaphor", Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry).

Pick at least two poems from the ENG201Y syllabus that treat a similar, complex subject. Subjects might include: autumn (Hopkins, Keats, Shakespeare Sonnet 73), death (Donne Holy Sonnet 10, Cavendish), human beauty (Williams, Spenser & Shakespeare sonnets), love (Donne poems), separation of loved ones (Donne, "A valediction", Bradstreet), human yearning for the divine (Donne "Good Friday", Herbert "The Pulley"), human contact with the divine ("I syng of a maiden", Yeats). Im happy to help you focus a topic.

Identify and analyze the figures of thought associated with that subject.

In a well-unified and well-organized essay, compare and contrast their effects in the poems that you have chosen.


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Your essay.

1. Please type or neatly print your assignments.

2. On a separate title page, please provide a unique (and interesting) title that reflects the topic; your name & student number; my name; and the date.

3. Do not put your name on the body of the essay. Your essay's title and your student number are my keys to your identity once I've finished grading. Please put the paper's title and your student number at the top of EACH page; number each page at the top right.

4. Please use a paper clip rather than a stapler to hold the paper's pages together. I do comments on the word processor, and it is easier for me to attach them to your essay if I don't have to chew off the staple.

5. The bibliography of your essay should supply full references for your primary source (the poem(s)) and for secondary sources, if youve used any.


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