Compare and Contrast Poetry

Important Note: The poem you use for this essay may come only from the following sources.

Sources:

Poetry 180–A Poem a Day for American High SchoolsPoetry Daily , Academy of American Poets, or Barteby: Modern American Poetry  

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 Essay Option 1: Compare/Contrast Essay

  • Study two different poems about wind.
  • Write a five paragraph compare/contrast essay showing how these two poems are similar and how they each create meaning on the theme/idea in their own ways.
  • Format options: 

1In each body paragraph focus on a different element of the poems (i.e. figurative language, symbolism, theme, tone, etc.) and identify the similarities & differences. 
2
-Include one body paragraph of similarities, one body paragraph of differences, and a third body paragraph on theme.

  • Be sure to include textual evidence (quotes) to support your ideas.
  • Include copies of the poems you are comparing at the beginning of your essay. (This does not count towards the paragraph count.)
  • Your essay should use correct grammar and punctuation.

Essay Option 2: Personal Response

  • Write a five paragraph essay analyzing a poem of your choice.
  • In each body paragraph focus on a different element of the poem (i.e. figurative language, symbolism, theme, tone, etc.)
  • Be sure to include textual evidence (quotes) to support your ideas.
  • Include a copy of the poem you are analyzing at the beginning of your essay.  (This does not count towards the paragraph count.
  • Your essay should use correct grammar and punctuation.

 

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