Lesson 4 Graded Assignment

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  1. Write a five-paragraph, thesis-driven essay comparing elements of “Song to Celia” with elements of “To His Coy Mistress.” If necessary, integrate outside sources, including ideas from the readings, where appropriate. Include proper citations and references for all material cited.
  2. Write a two page, thesis-driven essay discussing patterns of imagery in Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Discuss at least three poems from your reading. Outside sources are not necessary.
  3. Answer the following short response questions (1-2 paragraphs per question):
  • To His Coy Mistress is divided into a three-part argument. Briefly summarize each section: if (lines 1-20), but (21-32), therefore (33-46).
  • Discuss the validity of the following statement in reference to The Chimney Sweeper: " 'The Chimney Sweeper' is a sentimental poem about a shameful eighteenth-century social problem; such a treatment of child abuse cannot be taken seriously."
  • Compare the attitudes toward death in Whitman's poem From Song of Myself (p. 913) and in Emily Dickinson's "I heard a Fly buzz-when I died-" (p. 1065).
  • Choose a stanza within Ode to a Nightingale and explain how sound is related to its meaning.
  • How does Blake's use of denotative and connotative language within London (p. 850) enrich this poem's meaning?