Research Requirement: Three peer-reviewed secondary sources drawn from the MLA International Bibliography, Project MUSE, and/or JSTOR Arts and Sciences databases. See prompt for full details.
Write an essay that defends a thesis you developed through a close critical reading/analysis of a poem listed on the syllabus/weekly activities and supported by at least three secondary sources. This essay still relies on textual support from the primary text, but includes at least three secondary sources that support/sustain the studentâ€™s argument. Do not confuse â€œcritical analysisâ€ with â€œsummaryâ€ nor should you speak of â€œrelatingâ€ to the poem; the goal is to develop, sustain, and advance a thesis based on a critique of the primary text but also supported by at least three secondary sources. Again, use only the MLA International Bibliography, JSTOR, and or Project MUSE databases to support your ideas and thesis.
See the prompt for full details including a primer on doing academic literary research. Using non-academic sources like ‘Shmoop,’ blog or class materials from other universities found through a general Google search, or encyclopedias like Wikipedia will not fulfill the goals and objectives of the assignment.