What are the writer's assumptionsabout the audience?

“As an editor, teacher, author, critic, and pioneering anthologist of Canadian fiction, Metcalf was in the front ranks of writers and intellectuals who transformed the term Canadian writer from oxymoron to viable reality.”

What kind of language and imagery does the author use?

 If you’ve been asked to analyze a piece of literature, try following these steps:

Denotation - dictionary definition of a word

Brief discussions of cultural periods and movements such as romanticism, modernism, and transcendentalism put individuals in context and lend perspective." From the U.S.

Thesis statement indicating writer's main reactionto the work

Titles marked witha "*" indicate those items can be found in a separate arealocated near the microfilm machines, just several shelvesaway from the main Reference Department collections.

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The case - Sebastian Sobecki [.pdf]

We begin with Puritan poets - some orthodox, some rebel spirits - who wrote and lived in early New England." See also the other classes in this series:

Poetry Awards - Award-Winning Poets,
Poems, Poetry Collections

Do not forget to document quotes and paraphrases.

The course is not designed as a historical survey course but rather as an introductory approach to poetry from various directions - as public or private utterances; as arranged imaginative shapes; and as psychological worlds, for example."

And this list is far away of being complete!

Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997." Select and click on videos on home page or click the Videos link for more recorded readings of favorite poetry read by celebrities and other people throughout the United States.

Shoaf - Anniina Jokinen [, ] - Fred Griffiths - David V.

“John Metcalf is still writing with the same élan that animates almost every line of his distinguished oeuvre… [his memoir] is obligatory reading for anyone who cares about aesthetic vitality, the state of the nation?s literature and the essential importance of very good sentences. It is also a moving record of time past, a shimmering and often comic account of recent travels, and—Metcalf being Metcalf—a sometimes prickly if not intemperate j?accuse.”

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Interpretation and/or evaluation

Whitman, America's most influential poet and one of the four or five most innovative and significant writers in United States history, is the most challenging of all American authors in terms of the textual difficulties his work presents." From the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Introduction to Poetry

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Discussion of the topic's treatment

To take one of these essays, copy it, and to pass
it off as your own is known as plagiarism—academic dishonesty which will
result (in every university I've heard tell of) in suspension or dismissal from
the university.

Writing a critical paperrequires two steps: critical reading and critical writing.

Identifying your opinions weakens them.

Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly 'difficult.'" Free registration (via ) required.