Consult the MLA research web page on the Owl Purdue site at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ to see how to do text notes and works cited citations, and specific examples of different types of citations. Do not do a title page. Essays must be a minimum of seven pages (6 whole pages of text and a works cited page), and they must cite at least five sources. Acceptable sources include web pages, books, recordings, periodicals, newspapers, CDs, downloads, relevant personal interviews, and films. Encyclopedias will not count as sources because they are common knowledge; however, specialized reference books will be acceptable. SparkNotes. CliffsNotes, Shmoops, and other study aids will not count as sources either. You should use some scholarly articles, music magazines or reviews. Pitchfork.com is a great source for music reviews. One of the sources must be the actual song or poem
Students need to pick a poem or a favorite song. Each student must pick a different lyricist or poet and sign up for him or her on the suggested author list.
Whenever you use another person’s thoughts or ideas, make sure that you either paraphrase or use quotes. Always use MLA guidelines for documenting sources. Students must use parenthetical documentation (also known as textnotes) rather than footnotes, which are cumbersome and outdated.
Students need to apply at least three poetry definition (included on this handout) to the work.
Students should pick sophisticated and/or lengthy and challenging works to analyze. In addition, the prospectus or proposal should tell what the student is trying to do and in the paper, and it should summarize some of his or her thoughts on the poem (s.) or song (s). It must also name two potential sources of information in MLA works cited format at the bottom of the page.
Each student must also complete a typed proposal or prospectus that tells which author and poem(s) or song(s) with poetic elements that the student is covering. No papers on short stories, novels, or plays will be accepted for this assignment.
You need to send me a one-paragraph proposal by Thursday, April 23. The proposal must tell which song or poem you are using, and it should state some basic info on the song or poem. It must also mention a few sources and it should have the sources in MLA format at the bottom of the page.
Rough drafts are due for peer editing on Tuesday, April 30. You should have someone you trust peer edit your typed draft (it will not be collected.) If there is no one in your house that can do it email one of your follow students on the Brightspace classlist. You do not need to send me the draft but the final version of the essay is due on Wednesday, May 5.
on that day anyway. Students who missed the class must make up the speeches on the next class.
Poetry definitions (many can also be applied to songs) .You need to use at least three in the essay.
Allusion-A reference to something outside the text (often it is literary or historical)
Theme-What the poem is about (usually it tends to be a bigger subject like love or death)
Narrator-The speaker of or in a poem
Persona-The identity that the poet assumes to “tell” the poem
Metaphor-An expressed relationship between two things often using “is”
Simile- An expressed relationship between two things often using “like” or “as”
Symbol-a word, image etc. that represents two things
Allegory-A work in which almost everything is symbolic including characters. An example would be “Young Goodman Brown” or The Truman Show.
Stanza-In poetry, groups of lines separated by space (prose generally has paragraphs instead of stanzas)
Enjambment- a situation in which the sense of one line or stanza runs over into the following line, or stanza
End-stopped line-a situation in which the sense of a line of poetry is logically, grammatically concluded,
often with end punctuation, such as a period, exclamation point, or question mark
Denotation-the dictionary definition of the word
Connotation-what words, through their use within culture, imply
Rhyme scheme-patterns of recurring sounds at the end of lines
Lyric-a short songlike poem, often about love
Lyre-A tortoise shell with strings that was used as an instrument. The ancient Greeks chanted or read
memorized poems while they played lyres.
Epic- A long poem, often telling a story
Alliteration –Repetition of initial consonant sounds within a poem
Assonance-Repetition of initial vowel sounds within a poem
Thursday, April 23-typed one-paragraph proposal is due
Thursday, April 30-Rough Draft is due (it will not be collected)
Thursday, May 5-Final Research Essay is due
Suggested Poets and Songwriters (You may pick someone who is not on the list but I must approve your artist on the proposal)
Time of Class ________
Billy joe Armstrong,/Green Day
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Amiri Baraka/Leroy Jones
Matt Berninger/The National
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Chance the Rapper
Julian Casablanca (The Strokes, Voidz)
Jarvis Cocker /Pulp
Samuel, Taylor Coleridge
Wayne Coyne (flaming lips)
Florence and the Machine
Lana Del Rey
Ray Davies (the kinks)
Del Rey, Lana
Zach De Rocha/rage against the machine)
Foster the Children
Noel Gallagher (Oasis)
Josh Homme /Queens of the Stone Age
Lady Ga Ga
Jon Langford/The Mekons
Freddie Mercury (Queen)
Morrissey /The Smiths
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)
Edgar Allan Poe
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
Edward Arlington Robinson
William Shakespeare (as a poet)
Pete Townscend (The Who)
Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)
Brian Wilson (beach boys)
Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
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