Comparitive paper of 2000 words, Comparing Ted Hughess The Thought Foxwith Seamus Heaneys Digging.”

Please Compare the poems by Ted Hughess The Thought Foxwith Seamus Heaneys Diggingin about 2000 words using the block method.
If this task is difficult then my other option is to compare the characters Lenny and Teddythe two brothers in Harold Pinters play The Homecomingin about 2000 words using the block method.
The play and poems can be found in, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature -The Twentieth Century and Beyond Volume Six(page 735 for The Homecoming”) and (page 766 for The Thought Foxand page 820 Digging”)

Following you will find some instructions and a better view on writing the comparative paper.


Suggestions for Wriitng Comparative Essays
What to Consider When Writing a Comparative Paper



1. What is your purpose?

In comparing two texts, you are first drawing attention to the ways in which they are clearly alike. You will outline this in your introduction. After this, your main purpose is to discuss the ways in which the texts are unalike and, most importantly, to consider the significance of these differences.

You may, alternatively and less usually, be looking at two unalike texts with a view to drawing attention to the similarities between them and the significance of what you and find.

2. How to accomplish it:

a) Generate a list of similarities and differences. If your purpose is to draw attention to differences, this list will be longer; if your purpose is to draw attention to similarities, this list will be longer.

b) Find specific support for your claims of similarity or difference.

c) Ask yourself,  Do I indeed have an argument, given what I have found?

d) If you have not, then reconsider your thinking.

e) If you have, then you are ready to formulate a thesis, a statement of your position that includes both your argument (expressed as an assertion) and the significance of your argument.

Once you have completed these steps, you have completed EIGHTY PERCENT of the work in writing a short comparative paper.

6. How to organise your ideas:

a) Look at your list of differences, or similarities (given your purpose). Can you group the points you have into 2, 3, 4, or 5  kinds of points? For example, form, tone, style, speaker, figurative language and so on. Try to do this.

b) Now you have a choice to make:

You can choose to talk about Text A first, to discuss fully each of the points you have identified in separate paragraphs, and then to talk about Text B fully,
discussing each of the same points for Text A in comparison to what you have already said about Text A . Note you will be using words such as  like ,  unlike ,  more ,  less ,  in contrast to .

We call this the  Block Method :

Text A
Point One
Point Two
Point Three
Point Four
Text B
Point One  in relation to text A
Point Two in relation to text A
Point Three in relation to text A
Point Four in relation to text A


** Organization of ideas is key to a successful comparative essay.

**** A clear, specific and precise thesis is essential.

More Hints for Comparative Papers
Here are some hints to help with your final paper. I do hope they aren t too overwhelming.

1. First, my remarks about Macro Elements, The Big Picture:

a) You can make your thesis (as in your argument, not your thesis, necessarily) more clear through more precise language. Of course, if you precisely articulate your argument at the outset of your essay, you are more likely to argue it precisely it in the subsequent & the so-called  body of the essay. This is a good thing!

b) You should thread your argument more evidently through your essay by improving transitions between paragraphs. Ideally, your paragraph topic sentences will
i) introduce the new, single topic the paragraph will explore
ii) relate it to the topic the previous paragraph addressed and
iii) relate this new topic to your thesis.

c) You should similarly be sure to have a clear transition from discussing poem A, at the end of the first half of your essays work, to discussing poem B.

d) You should devote equal space to the two works being compared. This means that the second  idea half of your essay will be longer than the first  idea half , because of its comparative nature.
e) In discussing the second work, do make it evident that you are comparing the same aspects of the poem as those you discussed for the first work.


2. Now for the Micro Elements, the details:

a) Important details: do review comma usage, subject verb agreement, and word choice. Word choice is especially important.

b) Perhaps a re-iteration of the last idea in point a): Note that more subtle ideas need to be more precisely shaped / modified through careful word choice if your idea is to be made most clearly.

Thank you