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Historical Writing in Today’s World
The Art of Social Change Poetry
Historical Writing in Today’s World (Assignment Sheet)
The goal of this assignment is to critically analyze literature that was read in class, use quotes, and write a paper.
1) Select a theme from the text that has been discussed in class. The following are some ideas for themes. If you have ideas that are relevant to the texts and our discussions, you are not limited to these.
2) To explore your theme, use brainstorming and freewriting techniques.
3) Figure out which aspect(s) of the theme(s) you’re most interested in. Why are you doing this? You will be able to write a thesis statement from this point forward.
4) Be specific in your thesis statement. You will be able to avoid writing a simple summary or review of the text as a result of this. It will assist you in thinking critically and providing focus and depth to your analysis.
5) You may rely on your own critical thinking or additional research. We’ll go over basic MLA citations if you use outside sources, which you will in your final paper.
6) Short but pertinent quotes from the text are encouraged. Make a smooth transition to quotes and talk about how they back up your claim.
7) The depth of your literary analysis should be explored in multiple body paragraphs. You could stop at three body paragraphs, but you might find it more natural and engaging to go on. Allow yourself to be creative in your writing, and focus less on “what the teacher wants” and more on the journey of your ideas.
8) Conclusions provide an opportunity to bring your analysis to a satisfying conclusion. Give us something to think about in the form of an idea, an image, or a question.
The following are some examples of themes:
1) Examine the Navajo/Dine song “Song of the Earth.” Explain the described view of the Earth and compare it to other cultures’ views of the Earth.
2) In Walt Whitman’s late-nineteenth-century poem “I Sing the Body Electric,” Whitman argues that the body is sacred. Investigate why this was such a contentious issue at the time.
3 Examine Songs of Innocence and/or Experience by William Blake. What exactly does he have to say about London society? How does it compare (or not) to modern society?
4) Investigate Blake’s argument in “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” that “progression comes from contraries.” In conservative 18th century London, how does this statement explain the “Proverbs from Hell”? You can also see if this statement is still relevant today if you want to.
5) Choose three Proverbs from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell to analyze. Examine how they are still relevant today.
6) Examine (or compare) the works of Phillis Wheatley and Frances Watkins Harper, and discuss how these women defied power structures to write anti-slavery poems during the abolitionist era.
7) If you’re a last-minute writer (which I don’t recommend), you might want to look into the works of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Others, such as Claude McKay. How did this period (and these poems) use art to consciously change culture?