Analysis of a Poem of Witness
poem to be using:
Analysis of a Poem of Witness: What is the subject of the poem you have chosen? How does it represent an act of witness? To what? What, specifically, is the poet calling us to witness by calling our attention to it? How does the poem reflect our larger theme of the individual and the community? How does the poet use figurative language to develop his/her theme? How does the poet use voice/tone effectively to convey his/her theme?
Choose ONE of the following questions to explore in your analysis:
• Choose one or two kinds of figurative language used in the poem to support your
analysis, and use specific examples of each in your paper.
• Analyze the poet’s use of voice/tone in effectively conveying the theme by giving examples of specific word choices and phrases that create an effective voice, noting whether it shifts throughout the poem.
Your paper should be 3-4 pages long in MLA formatting. Make sure you include a brief summary of the poem. Remember that poetry is cited differently from prose. Refer to “Writers Reference” for how to correctly cite poetry. It should fulfill all the requirements of the English 101 Check list. (See the Getting Started Module.) You will lose points for any missing elements, so pay attention to the check list!
Title; Analysis of a Poem of Witness
length; 3 pages (825 words)