Writea short paper on a passage of a poem that you feel requiresinterpretation. The poem may or may not also require explication tosupport that interpretation.
Anexplication is essentially a translation of a poem into simplerEnglish, with attention to moments that arent translatable, orthat remain ambiguous: an explication is about language. A goodexplication provides support for any choices you make or ambiguitiesyou find.
Explicationcould be the whole analysis of a poem that gives extraordinarydifficulty at the literal or language level, for instance if you areworking with a poem in Middle English. However, in general the poemswe are reading this term require more than just explication toproduce an interesting analysis, because the language level is notparticularly difficult.
Aninterpretation addresses the meaning of the poem. You might bechoosing among multiple meanings suggested by the poet, or you mightbe suggesting an alternative meaning to a particular line or passageor poem. A successful interpretation makes an argument for onemeaning over other possible meanings, and supports this withexamples. A successful interpretation also explains why thisinterpretation matters, and how it changes how we view the wholepoem.
We are often tempted to write about the poems welike the most, or the ones we feel we understand the best. But oftenthose poems give us little that we feel a need to analyze. Dontshy away from points where the text feels difficult or confusing.Those are the places that require analysis, even if you are onlyexploring how the difficulty works.
Youcan use any poem by an author we have studied that is contained in inthe textbooks or handouts, whether or not the poem was discussed itin class. If we did discuss it in class, and you have a betterinterpretation, briefly contrast yours with what we discussed inclass (a few lines would be adequate). Dont mention class, but youcan introduce your counter-argument by saying one way to read thispoem is . However, what the poem is really doing is orsomething similar. If the poem has an obvious surface meaning, youcan also introduce it like this as a counter argument: on thesurface this poem appears to be saying xxx. However, a closer lookreveals it is saying zzz.
Yourpaper should be typed, 12 pt times roman or similar, double spaced,have a title and your name and course on it, page numbers, and shouldfollow MLA conventions for citing poems by line. You do not need touse any secondary sources.
Try to speak about modernism and this poem was more about the experience after world war.
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