Utilizing everything we have learned about literary and musical devices, explicate one of the
poems in this poetry packet. Make sure you review the PowerPoint to help you with your initial notes
and then your writing of the essay. You must be thorough in your explication making sure that you
(a) cover ALL the relevant poetic devices (including the form of the poem and, if applicable, how
that form contributes to how the poem works) AND
(b) explain and show accurately, with textual analysis, what is happening in the poem and how it
Structure: For this essay, and this essay only, do not provide a formal introduction and a thesis
statement placed at the beginning of your essay– just jump right in and explicate the poem. State your
thesis in your conclusion. This way you will have argued towards your conclusion / thesis. Watch the
PowerPoint explanation for how to write this essay for help with this.
DO NOT USE I OR YOU in YOUR ESSAY
Citation: Since you will be writing about a single poem and you will be providing the title of the
poem and the author’s name in your introduction you only need to cite the line number each time you
quote from the poem you have chosen to explicate.