Browse a recent issue of Poetry or American Poetry Review.
Select a poem and write a few paragraphs about how syntax or a single word is integral to the poem’s sense and effect.
Explain how examination of diction and word order affects your understanding and interpretation of the poem.
Be sure to cite and document the poem that you selected: follow guidelines presented in the MLA Handbook.
(A poem is a kind of article. In this case, it’s published in a periodical. Both periodicals can be accessed online.)
1. Write a few paragraphs about how the internal form of a specific poem shapes the poem’s meaning or messages. Choose any poem in the textbook (Norton’s Introduction to literature) whose internal form is not discussed. Remember to identify the poem in your response, to explain your response, and to support your explanation with evidence from the poem.
2. Write a few paragraphs about what the external form of a specific poem in Norton’s chapter 18 contributes to the poem’s meaning or messages. Choose any poem in the chapter whose external form is not described in detail. Remember to identify the poem in your response, to explain your response, and to support your explanation with evidence from the poem.
Length: 1 pages (275 Words)
A. In the poem “What do you remember?” By Alicia Ostriker, the word ‘but’ has been used at the beginning to introduce the contrast in the 3 situations discussed. An old woman expresses her joy regardless of the hurt she experienced during birth. The tulip expresses the struggles faced to remain beautiful even in unpredictable weather while the dog lived a double life. This syntax illustrates the life struggles of the living.
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