Objectives: o Employ critical reading strategies o Critically analyze course theme within a creative work o Review and practice MLA style and documentation Introduction: An explication is a line-by-line discussion of a poem or passage wherein the writer offers insight and interpretation of the text, to include discussion of literary devices and theme. An explication is not simply one’s reaction to a poem or a summary of the work; it’s an analysis of how the poem is constructed. The lines themselves become the evidence, so external research will not be needed for this particular assignment. Critical thinking is a key element to literary analysis, and reading fictional texts closely employ skills needed across the disciplines, from comprehension to use of language to better observation skills. These critical reading strategies will be useful as one undertakes new courses. For an explication to be successful, depth of thought and specificity are key. Along with use of literary terms, you’re going to want to use specific lines/phrases/examples from the text. Assignment: For this assignment you will explicate a single poem from the list given–“Poems To Choose From”–in blackboard. Please read multiple of these poems before settling on one to explicate. If poetry makes you uncomfortable, you are allowed to substitute the poem with a food/food culture-themed song or short story. However, you’ll want to choose wisely, as your song will need to have depth in terms of meaning and use of literary devices. *If you are wanting to choose a poem, song, or short story that is not from the list, please email your proposed selection to the instructor at least four days before the due date for this assignment. At the end of your analysis, you will include a single-paragraph reflection, noting why you chose to analysis this specific piece. Requirements: o One poem from the list, or a previously approved poem, song, or short story o Use of literary terminology o Reflection paragraph as to why you chose that poem o Two pages minimum, double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12-point font o MLA style/documentation—including a works cited page and corresponding parenthetical citations o Third person pronouns only in the analysis—no first person “I” or second person “you” (though first-person is necessary in the reflection paragraph)
MUST USE ONE OF THESE POEMS
Frying Trout While Drunk – Lynn Emanuel
Divorced Fathers and Pizza Crusts – Mark Halliday
The Rice Fields – Zilka Joseph
I Allow Myself – Dorthea Grossman
China – Priscilla Lee
Ramadan – Khaled Mattawa
Harold’s Chicken Shack #86 – Nate Marshall
Last Meal – Laurie Ann Guerrero
My Species – Jane Hirshfield
The Gulf, 1987 – Deborah Peredez
A Whole Foods in Hawai’i – Craig Santos Perez
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