Write a 500-750 word essay on ONE of the following topics. The word count does not include formatting or the works cited page.
Your essay should be formatted in MLA style, including double spacing throughout. All sources should be properly cited both in the text and on a works cited page. As with most academic writing, this essay should be written in third person. Please avoid both first person (I, we, our, etc.) and second person (you, your). In the upper left-hand corner of the paper, place your name, the professor’s name, the course name, and the due date for the assignment on consecutive lines. Double space your information from your name onward, and don’t forget a title. All papers should be in Times New Roman font with 12-point type with one-inch margins all the way around your paper. All paragraph indentations should be indented five spaces (use the tab key) from the left margin. All work is to be left justified. When quoting lines in literature, please research the proper way to cite short stories, plays, or poems.
Assigned Readings for Week One
Week One: Identity and Post-Civil War Poetry
1. Emily Dickinson,” I’m Nobody! Who Are You?”
2. Emily Dickinson Biography
3. Walt Whitman: author biography and literary analysis “The Good Gray Poet”
4. Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”
5. Walt Whitman, “A Noiseless Patient Spider”
Assigned Readings for Week TWO
Mark Twain, “War Prayer”
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Robert Frost: “Mending Wall”
Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Richard Cory”
Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Miniver Cheevy”
Varshika Srivastava “Modernist Exponents in Robert Frost’s Poetry: A Critical Analysis”
Danny Heitman “Verse and Adverse”
Finding Literary Criticism
Writing About Literature
Thesis Statement Development
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