Poetry and Society: First assessed essay
Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergrad/modules/second/en227/assessment/autumn/
Practical criticism essay (close-reading): 1500 words
Worth 15% of the final mark
Due November 21 (term 1, week 9), no later than 3pm.
Essays must be typed or printed (not handwritten). You should choose a short poem or 30–40 lines from a longer poem (such as The Two-Part Prelude) and write a close reading, paying attention to the poem’s form. This means thinking about the shape of the poem on the page, how many lines the poem has (and the length of these lines), the poem’s sound (metre, pattern, rhyme, alliteration), the poem’s structure, the poet’s choice of diction and syntax, the poem’s figurative devices and the mode of address (who is speaking to who?) When writing the essay, do not simply list these formal qualities (or worry about the various Greek names that are attached to them), but relate them to the meaning, as you see it, of the poem you’ve chosen. For example, on one level, the apparently simplistic ballad form of ‘Simon Lee’ illuminates Wordsworth’s interest, and idealisation of, the simplicity of domestic and human experience in rural, labouring areas. You should thus think about why blank verse, ballad form, the sonnet, lyric and so on are being used by the poet to communicate specific ideas and feelings: why does the poet use a poem, rather than prose or drama, to relate certain ideas and images?
Students are reminded that the deadline constitutes the final submission time after which essays cannot be considered as part of their examination unless an extension has been granted. Requests for extensions will be dealt with by Dr Emma Mason. Extensions will be granted ONLY on production of medical certificates or in exceptional circumstances within three days of an essay deadline. Retrospective extensions will not be given. Pressure of work is not a valid reason for an extension request.
Please note that this is Emma Mason's entry pasted from the Poetry and Society Web Pages. See link above