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Poetry Research Papers

What first thought strikes our mind when we hear a word ‘poetry’? In most cases, it means inspiration, sensitive and expressional freedom, affection, passion and love that may take many forms and colors, to say so. This is a true art of writing, as it is necessary to have a talent and specific way of thinking to transfer your thoughts and feelings into rhymes that form lines of a poem. No one can tell exactly how to write poetry, as it does not just come from the mind, but mostly from heart.

Prose writing is considered to be a slightly easier process than poetry writing, as a workable idea and plot are quite enough to start writing a small narrative story. However, when it comes to writing a poem, it is not enough to have a plot, the main character or a great idea to produce a breathtaking, interesting or even inspiring poem. You should know what a particular poem consists of, what its main concepts and features are, as well as figures of speech that interchange each other all the time throughout the text. Feelings, events and bellowed people of poets are decoded in their verses; hence, readers should not only admire these poems but also try to decode some message hidden in their works. Writing poetry and writing about poetry are two polar opposite processes that are interconnected in a way, but still require the application of different strategies and techniques. For example, writing an essay on poetry requires understanding of main types of poems, an author’s style and mood, a poem itself and author's intentions, and what he or she wanted to say in this work.

As nowadays it is possible to write poetry online, you can always practice and apply your poetic skills. There are numerous websites that can help you pick a decent word that rhymes with the one you have in mind, and create a poem that would adhere to the specific style you can choose from the lists available. It is possible to post your masterpiece and receive useful feedbacks that will allow you understand the quality of own writing and the ways it can be improved. While it is hard to say that poetry writing websites are good enough to look for the critique at, you can treat any assessment given as an opportunity to see how people of different ages perceive poetical works. You can help these people with their poems too, and learn something new about the history, symbolism, meanings, types, styles, and genres from the information presented. And who knows, maybe in a few months you will become successful enough to write poetry for money online.

Certainly, to write about a poem, it is necessary to know existing types of poetry since the analysis process of a particular poem involves determining a poem’s type and other main features. For instance, here are six most popular poem types that may be particularly useful:

Acrostic. This is a very interesting type of poem, as its first, middle, or last letters read in a particular order form a word or even a phrase. This type of poem is often used in different secret messages written to be read only by a person who knows how to decipher it.

Ballad. This type can be described as the one that tells a particular story, very often this is a poetic story of love and passion or of loss and sadness. It is also worth mentioning that this type of poem is used in songs because of its poetic structure and rhymes.

Blank Verse. This is also a very popular and widespread type of poem that is characterized by a distinctive structure that has no rhyme, but consists at least of five feet lines, and the poem itself has an iambic pentameter. As a rule, lines in such poems are interchanged with stressed and unstressed syllables.

Epigram. This is also a very well-known type of poetry of satirical and humorous meaning, and they are usually short in length, about four or five lines long. Sometimes poets write only one-line epigram and make it their motto.

Lyric. Along with ballad poems, lyric poems are also about love, often about long-lost love that an author cannot forget. They are very emotional in nature, as authors express all their feelings in such poems.

If the teacher requested to prepare a poem and gave you freedom to choose the type to use, you can either pick something from the selection presented above or look up some other options in any poetry writing paper. Nevertheless, this list is incomplete, as there are about 50 different types of poems that are characterized with their own distinctive features. If you are involved in writing diverse academic works from poetry thesis papers to simple essays, it is necessary to get acquainted with all of them.

When you are asked to write a poetry essay, it may turn out to be rather challenging to tailor one, especially if you do not understand the purpose of this assignment. This is important, as diverse essays help develop different skills that are useful in real-life situations. For instance, if a person is able to analyze fast enough, he or she may find solutions to different complex situations. Nonetheless, different types of poetic essays have different objectives.

  1. Poetry Comparison Essay
    The main purpose of this poetic assignment obviously is to compare two different poems. But there are some options regarding the comparison elements. A student may be asked to compare two different verses of the same author to find differences and similarities, analyze the author’s style and figures of speech he or she used to create this special atmosphere. On the other hand, an assignment may contain a requirement to compare two or more different verses of different authors to track some distinctive features that each of them possesses. As a rule, to do it, a student should get acquainted with poems to be analyzed and understand what the author(s) tried to tell in it/them. You may face the same task later during the studies while working on a poetry coursework or similar project. Thus, if you need to write a comparison essay, put enough effort into researching how to do it properly, as you will most likely be asked to compare a bigger number of poems in future, and that work will surely be worth of more points.
  2. Poetry Analysis Essay
    An analysis essay is usually focused on one particular poem, and a student is expected to analyze it and produce a thesis statement for the paper. It is also known as a poetry review, as the assignment requires an in-depth examination of the poem from the chosen perspective. You should understand the poem, track poetic elements and relate them to each other. The major goal of this type of essay is to teach a student how to enjoy reading verses in the first place. Read the poem and find some specific idea to argue and develop the statement until it is clear.
  3. Poetry Explication Essay
    An explication essay is considered to be more complex than other types as it requires multiple and attentive reading to be able to find points that you do not understand and understand at the same time, as the combination of known and unknown elements will certainly help you explicate the poem. The main idea of explication is to show to an author of the essay, as well as to other readers, that form and meaning of the explication essay are inseparable. To produce a good explication essay, it is necessary to listen to the poem, literally. You should understand the music of the poem, its emotions, and moods. Describe the author's journey by combining the already discovered elements and those that you should discover in the process.

Poetry writing assignments for high school are rather specific when it comes to the type of essay students have to work on. If you are assigned the type you are not familiar with, or cannot find the information on, it is necessary to ask the teacher or the peers to provide clarifications. When neither of the options are working, you can always use a professional poetry homework help. Our team will be glad to explain every point that seems confusing and craft the top-notch essay for you.

As a poetry analysis or review is one of the most common assignments for essay writing on the subject, it is crucial to pay a special attention to its preparation. You will have to complete such task numerous times throughout the school years, which means your final marks will often depend on the quality of the essays you submit. Thus, if you do not want to finish this and the following years with a low GPA, it is critical to learn how to write a poetry review, and guidelines presented next will definitely help you with that:

  1. Choose the poem. If you were not asked to review a specific poem, it is your great chance to choose the work you would really enjoy analyzing. You may be told to stick to the specific period, genre, and it is necessary to look for the poetry article or website with the list of relevant poems. Make sure to pick something that invokes an emotional response in you, as poems of such kind are usually easier to work with.
  2. Look for the information. Try to find the data on the author, his life, problems, significant events, views, and beliefs in order to understand what possible meaning could some of the words or lines in the poem carry. You can look for the details in any poetry research paper on the author and his/her poetic heritage.
  3. Check the requirements. Your poetry analysis assignment may include very precise instructions regarding the points you need to address in the paper, the style or the outline you need to use, and the formatting that has to be followed. It is crucial to read them before moving any further with the task completion and note down the major requirements that influence how and what you should write.
  4. Pick the criteria. As the key in the essay is the analysis, you need to decide what exactly you will analyze. It is important to pick the criteria, ask your teacher how many of them you are allowed to use, or determine it yourself, relying on the given word limit.
  5. Organize and write. Outline the essay, and remember about three most important parts that are crucial to include. Note that you need to start by presenting the name of the poem and its author in the intro, and providing necessary background information that will help the reader understand why you assessed the poem the way you did. The next section is the body where you analyze the poem using the criteria you have chosen. The final part is the conclusion with the summary and link to the broader context.

It is better not to look at the other reviews of the poem even if you are running out of time and cannot come up with the proper way to analyze the work. Try to focus on your feelings and the knowledge gained from the lessons, and you will surely create a unique essay with an adequate analysis.

Certainly, writing poetic verses is something that does not come easily, unless it is an inborn gift. And it is a gift, after all, to be able to rhyme about things that bother or get on your nerves or, on the contrary, tailor poetic lines about passion and love and strong emotions that dwell in the human heart. When you understand that you do not understand a thing, it is a high-time to start looking for some template to fit in your own thoughts. But what to do if you have no thoughts? You should consider a possibility of placing an order with Pro-Papers. We are the service that has a bunch of true poetic souls and poetic experts to help you with your assignment within the deadline you set.

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Dr. Obermeier'sSample Paper Files

You are advised to peruse these sample papers previous students have written for my classes. The papers are either pdf files or HTML files, in which I have embedded comments to explain why they are superior efforts. The comments refer to the following sentence, phrase, or word. Clicking on the comment link will bring up the content. You have to close a comment window before proceeding to the next one. Clicking on the header will give you instructions on how to make such a running header for your papers. Because of HTML restrictions, the formatting might appear slightly off. You still need to keep your papers double-spaced with 1/2-inch paragraph indent. Even if there is no specific explanation for a specific paper, the papers generally share the following superior qualities: descriptive and analytical titles; analytical theses; superior analysis of the texts; correct inclusion of quotations and formatting.

For instructions on how to do a running header for your paper in MS Word, click here.

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  • Paper 1 "Sheppard" Characterization
          • This paper has it all: outstanding thought and content, excellent organization, superior sentence structure and diction. This student's command of the language is superb. A few minor problems could have been edited out. The paper received the grade of 96/A.

  • Paper 1 "Girl" Characterization
          • This paper is an excellent example of superior analysis coupled with stylistic economy and succinctness that avoid anything superfluous. The introduction and organization deserve high praise. The paper received the grade of 96/A.
  • Paper 2 Explication of "Sonnet 46"
          • This explication of a Shakespeare sonnet is superbly done. The student outstandingly fused the analysis of the poem with an excellent and virtually error-free style. The paper received the grade of 98/A+.
  • Paper 2 Explication of "Sonnet 42"
          • This is a very good example of a Shakespeare sonnet explication. The student clearly understands the nuances of the sonnet, with great sections on metrical discussion. The paper received 94/A.

            Here are the high-scoring essays for our assignment two. Per announcement in class, these uploads are not following the format as faithfully. I just wanted to get you the info without having to worry about getting everything lined up to MLA standards. Note also that I am providing these examples for the sophistication of the explication, the students' knowledge of technical aspects and detail of analysis; the essays, however, may still contain other weaknesses.

  • Paper 3 Explication of "The Victim at Aulis"
          • The student provides a superbly analyzed and written thematic poetry explication. Notice that the paper is organized around the student's thesis, ie., the major players in the myth and the poem, and not just the chronology of the paper. The paper received the grade of 98/A+.
  • Paper 3 Explication of "Cassandra"
          • This paper is an excellent example of a thematic poetry explication, demonstrating superb intertextual understanding and control of the primary texts. Note the student's concise and honed style. The paper received the grade of 96/A.
  • Paper 4 Synthesis of Millay Poems
          • This paper offers a beautiful synthesis not only of three poems but also two critical approaches: Feminist and Freudian. It is almost flawlessly written and received the grade of 98/A+.
  • Paper 4 Synthesis of Mythology Poems
          • The paper is up, but I am still working on the comments..
  • Paper 5 Shrew Research Paper
          • This is an exquisite research paper utilizing a postmodern approach to Taming of the Shrew. Notice that the critical approach is incorporated into the paper; therefore, there is no extra Barry page. The paper received 98/A+. Sorry, no comment boxes yet.
  • Paper 5 Yankee Research Paper
          • This is another outstanding research paper. It shows the incorporation of the research especially well. Notice that the Barry page is appended after the works cited page.The paper received 98/A+. Sorry, no comment boxes yet.
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Paper 1a here was written for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales but also works for Love Visions. To save time, I did not create javascript comment boxes but inserted my comments in square brackets into the actual paper. Notice that the paper has all the aspects an outstanding paper should: original thought and analysis, clear organization and thesis, interesting intro, correct sentence structure, superior diction, and mostly correct MLA format. The paper received a score of 98/A+. Clicking on the header will give you instructions on how to make such a running header for your papers. Because of HTML restrictions, the formatting might appear slightly off. You still need to keep your papers double-spaced with 1/2-inch paragraph and 1-inch block quotation indents. Papers 2a and 2b were written for the shorter Love Visions assignment, 2c for the longer paper; these papers have no comments in them and are in pdf.

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