EXPERT SOLUTION: Prof. D.Brown EGL 1020-LD-07 Short Paper# 3: Poetry Explication Essay Proposal (See Folder) DUE

Prof. D.Brown
EGL 1020-LD-07

Short Paper# 3: Poetry Explication

Essay Proposal (See Folder) DUE: Thursday, April 14th
First Draft DUE: Saturday April 24th via Blackboard by 11PM

In order to write an effective literary analysis, you must first be clear on what the literature
is actually saying. The key is to break the literature down into manageable parts so that
you can first interpret and then analyze.


OPTION 1: For this assignment, you will first log onto the Beltway Poetry archives and
select a poem that is at least three stanzas long and has the “DC Places” tag. You will first
perform an annotation of the poem similar to what we have done in class and use it to
write a paper that offers an analysis of what the poem is about (this will be your thesis).

OPTION 2: Using lyrics from your favorite song (any genre), you will first perform an
annotation of the song and then write a paper that offers an analysis on what the song is
about and why it should be considered literary.

Poetry/Lyric Annotation
Once you have selected your poem you will have to complete an annotation similar to
what we did in class. See the instructions below:

-Copy and paste the selected poem into a Word document.
-Using the comment function (click the “Review” tab in Word to find this function) in Word
highlight the words or phrases that you are unfamiliar with and type in their meanings.
-Using the text box function (click the “Insert tab in Word to find this function), create a
box for each stanza that includes your interpretation of its meaning.
-Once you have completed the annotation hit CTRL + Enter to start a new page and begin
the paper.

Thesis Proposal
Post your completed essay proposal form. Use link located in the Short Paper #1 folder

First Draft Format:
? Proper Heading (See Course Outline
? Centered original title
? 3rd person point of view (them, they, one)
? 12-inch font, double-spaced
? 1-inch margins all around
? No extra spaces between paragraphs
? 1-2 pages

Your final essay content should have:
1. A suitable introduction that introduces the writer and the work and includes a brief

1-2 sentence summary and previews what will be discussed in the body. The thesis

should be at the end of the introduction and reflect what you think the poem is

2. At least 2-3 body paragraphs that showcase an analysis of the poem and include
proper MLA citations for all of the quoted poetry lines. You should have at least two
quotes to help support your point.

3. Appropriate transitional words and phrases linking the ideas expressed in your
sentences and paragraphs.

4. A suitable conclusion that does not repeat, but reminds the reader of your initial


This is what a mother knows –

hands soaped with hot dishwater,

there is a lurch in time,

a shiver under her breastbone,

breath caught at the back of her throat

and something perfect, soft as velvet

drops away. She raises her head

but does not see the early robin

on the winter lawn.

She finishes the dishes

because she must do something –

throw away old shoes,

hang freshly laundered sheers,

dust books in her son’s room,

scrape bathtub grout clean

with her thumbnail.

From the wretched heart of her

pristine house she sees the young man

on her porch, tugging at his dress tunic,

white-gloved hand reaching for the bell.

………………………………..for Chad,

………………………………..who was nineteen

Kenneth Carroll


(progression to natural)

In my neighborhood

mothers were mountains

their jagged hearts climbed by children

& husbands seeking elevation

men, weak with selfish intentions

chipped away at their souls

blasting caps of hatred

shook their foundations

bearing the load of family

they carried a race on their backs

a steep ascent to destiny

In my neighborhood

mothers were mountains

i have seen them crumble

& become women.

& love them still.

Jade Foster


i refuse to

write another poem

to prison

yes i refuse

to write another

poem to prison

where my father

lives is too far

my father lives

too far away

my dreams don’t

reach him in

the middle

the middle of

the night, he’s

too far to hear

to hear me to

read me to sleep

my father lives

too far away

and my letters

can’t reach him

my letters

miss teeth and

sail. i refuse

i refuse to write

another poem

to prison

a poem that

corners me into

just black girl,

when really

my name

is his.

the letters write

him in my room

he is a phonic phantom

and i sound his shape

out with my pencil

he is on the other

side of the bed after

a nightmare, the letters

write… write

him in my day

a glyphic kiss to

his cheek after school

he is cooking

potatoes and pepper

in the kitchen.

i read him the

poems that i wrote

in school. he is

proud as red, but

he leaves, again

i refuse to write

another poem

to prison. the words

they taunt me and

boomerang back

in my lap.

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