Are there patterns of word choice (diction), such as language associated with religion, nature, or with everyday speech? What images and image patterns are prominent? What are the associations of these images? Do the images take on larger significance as symbols? What other metaphoric language contributes to the passages’s meaning? Similes? Puns? Are there larger patterns of allegory or allusion?
2 . Especially for poetry: how is the author using the form? How does the form suit the poet’s intent? How does the poet use rhythm to add meaning to the poem? What variations are there in meter and rhyme scheme? How do these variations affect the meaning? What other “sound effects” do you notice being used and how do they fit the larger effects of the poem? How does the poem use line and stanza breaks to emphasize or enact its meaning? 3 . Who is the speaker of the passage? How would you characterize the speaker? What is the tone of the passage? What techniques does writer use to get this tone across? Does it use irony? What is the relationship between the speaker and the audience? How does this relate to the message of the passage? 4 . What are the main ideas, themes, or concepts in the passage? Does it have a point you could summarize? Does it set up a contrast or debate? If so does it resolve the debate somehow or have a sense of closure? How do the other elements of the passage support or enhance this theme, idea, concept?
Along with a properly formatted MLA Works Cited page, please have in-text citations formatted in MLA style, ex: (Paine 17) or (“Lake Isle” 6). Please note that for poetry, you cite the line number. Feel free to ask me any questions about the mine field that is MLA citation.
Characteristics of an A paper generally include but are not limited to: thesis: clearly stated and responds effectively to assignment organization: well-supported evidence in coherent structure development: complexity of thought and detailed analysis mechanics and style: following academic standards for mechanics (MLA style,including integrating quotes in a proper way); a thoroughly proofread paper; format and academic style (clear, concise, and engaging).
A B paper may include but is not limited to a reasonably clear and assignment-appropriate thesis that is supported by evidence in an organized way and meets minimum length requirements. A B paper may also show an above average level of complexity, analysis, mechanics, and style.