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In at least 3 double spaced pages, decide which stage(s) of grief the narrator is experiencing in Annabel Lee and defend your answer with detailed analysis of textual references. Your analysis should be supported with thorough textual evidence from the poem itself, the research you did on Poe’s life and the stages of grief.

Once your outline is complete, begin the draft of your introduction and be sure to provide necessary context for the poem and your analysis.

The main purpose of a poetry essay is not to summarize the poem, but to develop an in-depth idea that makes an argument based upon an analysis of the poem. The thesis statement should contain the essay's main argument about the poem.

A poetry essay develops an interpretation about a particular poem. This interpretation contains an argument about what you think the poet is saying or doing in the poem and what effect the poem’s various elements, like diction or rhyme, have on the poem as a whole. This argument will in turn form the basis of your essay’s thesis statement.

Defining Thesis Question:

What is this poem about and why did the writer write the poem as he or she did? The second part of this question asks why did the writer choose to use the words, images, metaphors and perhaps the particular kind of rhythm scheme; what effect is he or she trying to achieve?

In order to outline your poetry essay, break up the outline into three main parts: introduction, argument, and conclusion. The introduction will introduce the poem and the poet and state your thesis. The argument section will typically be between two and five paragraphs, and each paragraph will make individual points that support the thesis statement. For example, one paragraph might discuss how daffodils are a symbol of the poem’s main theme. The number of paragraphs and the argument section of the poem will vary according to how many supporting points you need to make in order to prove your thesis. Finally, the conclusion is the third section of the essay. This section should summarize the main points of the essay and take the argument one step further.

Checklist for Tuesday/Wednesday:

Strong Thesis Statement

Complete Outline

List of Sources

Mock First Page (MLA)

Draft of Introduction

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