If you wish, you may base your paper on the analysis you began in this weeks discussion question

By Tuesday, February 23, 2016, submit your essay as a Microsoft Word document to the W1: Assignment 3 Discussion Area at the bottom of the page

The essay assignment for this week is to compose a paper of at least 750 words in which you offer your interpretation of a key theme in one of the assigned poems. You may choose any poem from the reading list except for “The Chimney Sweeper.” If you wish, you may base your paper on the analysis you began in this weeks discussion question. If you get “stuck,” read your chosen poem again with a pen in hand so you can make notes. Do not hesitate to share your initial ideas with your classmates and the instructor.

  • You should open your essay with an introductory paragraph that presents your poem as well as its author. Information about the poet and the social context surrounding the writing of the poem can be found in your textbook. End your introduction with a thesis statement that identifies and interprets a key theme of the poem.
  • Each paragraph following the introduction should present specific aspects of the poem that help to illustrate and support your thesis. Make sure to quote and analyze specific lines that support your argument.
  • Include a concluding paragraph at the end that summarizes the main points of the paper and explains the significance of the thesis.


  • Emily Dickinson: BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH (about 1863)


  • Because I could not stop for Death
  • He kindly stopped for me
  • The Carriage held but just Ourselves
  • And Immortality.
  • We slowly drove He knew no haste
  • 5


  • And I had put away
  • My labor and my leisure too,
  • For His Civility
  • We passed the School, where Children strove
  • At Recess in the Ring
  • 10
  • We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain
  • We passed the Setting Sun
  • Or rather He passed Us
  • The Dews drew quivering and chill
  • For only Gossamer, my Gown
  • 15
  • My Tippet° only Tulle
  • We paused before a House that seemed
  • A Swelling of the Ground
  • The Roof was scarcely visible
  • The Cornice in the Ground
  • 20
  • Since then tis Centuries and yet
  • Feels shorter than the Day
  • I first surmised the Horses Heads
  • Were toward Eternity.




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