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6-12 page essay:
B. Demonstrate at least some of your learning by discussing two poems that you have not previously written about. You may choose both poems from the course list or one from the course list and one from outside. If you choose one from outside, make sure to get my pre-approval and to include the full text of the poem as an attachment to your essay. Your discussion need not be related to the course theme of love and death or loss, but it must be based on a single theme that you see present in both poems, or to two different themes, one in each poem. (If you choose two different themes, you will need to introduce the two poems differently with different thesis statements). You also need not choose poems from two different cultures, though you can opt to do so. However, the following is non-negotiable: you must, based on research, draw on RELEVANT historical and or cultural specifics that help to illuminate the poem. (Most likely, the content of the poem will itself signal what those specifics needing research might be).
C. Make any concluding comments you think will be useful.
D. Include a Works Cited list, using correct current MLA format, showing your research sources (2-3 sources are adequate).
Due december 8th, 2:30pm. poems selected: ‘Southern Cop’ by Sterling A Brown, & ‘Black Art’ by Amiri Baraka