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>>>Review the definition of sonnet on page 917. Choose one of the poems given below; decide whether it is a Petrarchan or Shakespearean sonnet based on your analysis. Write an essay discussing the poets use of the sonnet form to create meaning in the poem. What is the effect of the line breaks? the rhyme scheme? Considering the differences in structure and rhyme scheme of the two types of sonnets (quatrains/couplets and octaves/sestet), defend the poets choice of sonnet form for his or her topic. Feel free, of course, to discuss figures of speech, etc.

>>Below is the poem i choose

Edna St. Vincent Millays Love is Not All,1931

Love is not all; it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain,
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink,
And rise and sink, and rise and sink again;
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath, 5
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release, 10
Or nagged by want, past resolutions power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.


>>Below is my teachers instructions

LENGTH: a minimum of 400 words.

AUDIENCE: your classmates. Write as though you are telling them your essay, not as though you were writing about a scientific experiment or making a speech before strangers. Choose your essay goal based on what you want your audience to carry away from reading your paper. Assume your readers are familiar with the work you are discussing you don t have to summarize the plot or tell us who s who.

TITLE: Don t just give the title of the work you are discussing. Clue us in on the topic your paper is about, such as  The Use of Irony in Dulce et Decorum Est. Your title should not be set off in any way (but capitalize major words). If you refer to an author s title within your title (such as  Metaphors ), set it off correctly.

INTRODUCTION: Remember your readers and get us involved from the very start. The introductory paragraph should at least the do the following (note the nice use of parallel structure):

? Grab the reader s attention

? Present the essay s thesis

? Prepare the reader for what to expect in the essay

? Preview the essay s organizational plan

? Establish the tone for the essay (Funny? Sad? Ironic? Resigned?)

? Create a transition into the first body paragraph

BODY: The body should offer 3-7 paragraphs with clear topic sentences supported by careful illustrations from the work(s) you are discussing. Use either a series of carefully chosen examples or one extended example. Be sure to support both quotations and paraphrases with parenthetical references to the text. Give the page number in parenthesis in the introduction of the essay when you mention the title of the poem(s); after that, give the line numbers only in parenthesis.

LANGUAGE and TERMS: The essay should refer to literary terms and use them correctly. It should define any unfamiliar terms for the reader. It should contain paraphrases and quotations from the primary source. It should avoid the word use, as in  Dickinson uses references to architectural details to symbolize the grave.

CONCLUSION: The conclusion has several jobs to do, not the least of which is to wind the essay up, bring it to a close. Avoid bringing up new ideas in the conclusion, but do give the reader something to think about afterwards. It s often worthwhile to refer the reader to something you said in the intro, to bring the piece full circle. Don t simply restate the thesis.

OUTLINE: Topic outline, complete with parallel items (see SSH 18f) is required. Refer to SSH 2r for details as well as the outlining discussion.

TONE: The tone should be interested and heightened, but not offensively formal (no  moreovers or  furthermores, for example). You should write in third person. (The words you and I have no place in this essay.) Also, write in literary present tense. Discuss the events as if they are happening now rather than in the past. We re all in this course together, so write as if you have met us before.

THEME STANDARD: The Theme Standard applies in full force, so study the Standard and the major errors that will cost the most points if found in your essay. Take your proofreading seriously, and refer to SSH to help you avoid errors. Certainly allow time to proofread carefully, and get help from me or the Writing Center staff as you work. Understand that mechanical and spelling errors can fail an otherwise worthy essay.