ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
Writing about Poetry
April 24, 2002
Last week, we read the poem, "Bearhug," by Michael
Ondaatje. Through his poem, we learned about various sound devices,
about metaphor, and about structure.
Today, we will work on a first draft of a short essay (500-600 words)
using "Bearhug" as an example of the various elements of
The goal of the essay is to show you have understood the poem and
Ondaatje's use of poetic elements. Any reader of your essay will learn
the new terms and understand them through your examples.
Introduction of 30 words: General
statement about your own experience with poetry. Thesis that states you
will explain some new terms you have learned in last week's class.
Body Paragraph One: Topic sentence
stating the sound devices you have learned. Give two examples of two
different sound devices, explained to the reader. A concluding sentence
ends the paragraph.
For example, "Ondaatje uses alliteration on "dark"
and "death" in the second stanza. Alliteration is the
repetition of the "d" sounds at the beginning of the two
Body Paragraph Two: Topic sentence
stating that you have learned about metaphor. Give one example of
metaphor, fully explained. Be sure to explain why the metaphor is
suitable and powerful. End with a concluding sentence.
Body Paragraph Three: Topic sentence
stating that you have learned about structure. Explain the terms
"stanza" and "line." Give one example, also, of a
grammatical parallel (do not use the repeated gerunds as your example).
End with a concluding sentence.
Conclusion: Restate your thesis about
learning more about poetic terms. Write a one sentence summary of terms
covered. End with a sentence stating why it is important to know the
terms. (30-35 words total)
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