The student will analyse the two works to produce a comparative literary essay which demonstrates the thematic connection between the two works and illustrates a universal truth about the human condition. All observations and evaluations must be the result of independent critical thinking. This is a formal academic literary essay, and as such, it should include carefully chosen and edited direct quotations which are incorporated into the essay?s text. No secondary sources are to be used in making your connections between the poem and the novel. If ideas from secondary sources were used in the Poetry Explication and they are included in the essay, these references must be cited appropriately.
The essay must include a Works Cited List which identifies the two works and any sources used to discuss the author?s background or related works
THIS IS THE POEM WE HAVE TO RELATE TO make sure that its search for identity
Relate this poem and the story the quiet twins by danvelta try finding some info on the book online
The story of Old Women by TadeuszRozewicz I like old women Ugly women Mean women They are the Salt of the earth They are not disgusted by Human Waste They know the flipside Of the coin Of love Of faith Dictators clown around Come and go Hands stained With human blood Old women get up at dawn Buy meat fruit bread Clean cook Stand on the street arms folded silent Old women Are immortal Hamlet flails in a snare Faust plays a base and comic role Raskolnikov strikes with an axe Old women Are indestructible They smile knowingly God dies Old women get up as usual At dawn they buy bread wine fish Civilization dies Old women get up at dawn Open the windows Cart away waste Man dies Old women Wash the corpse Bury the dead Plant flowers On graves I like old women Ugly women Mean women They believe in eternal life They are the salt of the earth The bark of the three The timid eyes of animals Cowardice and bravery Greatness and smallness They see in their proper proportions Commensurate with the demands Of everyday life Their sons discover America Perish at Thermopylae Die on the cross Conquer the cosmos Old women leave at dawn For the city to buy milk bread meat Season the soup Open the windows Only fools laugh At old women Ugly women Mean women Because these beautiful women Kind women old women Are like an ovum A mystery devoid of mystery A sphere that rolls on Old women are mummies Of sacred cats They?re either small Withered Dry springs Dried fruit Or fat Round buddhas And when they die A tear rolls down A cheek And joins A smile on the face Of a young women
Try to find info about the book ONLINE. But that’s the Poem
a) Scope of the discussion: Identify the poet’s full name, title of the poem, from what
collection, publication date, country of origin.
b) Poet’s background: How are the time period in which the poet writes, her beliefs,
attitudes and experiences relevant to what has been written?
What ideas, techniques and themes are common to the poet’s
a) Prose statement: Outline the central focus or context of the poem. (What is going on?
Who is involved? What is being described?)
b) Thesis statement: Create a clear and emphatic statement which identifies what the
poem illustrates about the universal literary theme associated with
Choose four distinct and significant* elements form the “M.S.S. Literary Analysis
Element Checklist”, and employ the questions provided there to illustrate, using direct
quotations from the poem, how each element contributes to both the poet’s intended
meaning within the poem and beyond the poem in the context of the identified universal
*(Atmosphere and mood are too similar to discuss both. The same is true with point of
view and tone. Plot in poetry is rarely significant. Do not discuss metaphor and/or simile
unless these devices are indispensable to the meaning of the poem. Do not discuss
more than two literary devices.)
On the strength of your argument and using its key ideas, re-emphasize how the poem
illustrates the thesis statement above. Conclude by connecting your thesis to the universal
How does the poem’s treatment of the universal literary theme help to illuminate a truth
aboutthe human condition?
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