Literary Analysis Essay on Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”

Link to Poem: Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s… | Poetry Foundation

– Thesis stated in introduction paragraph
– The theme that is developed should connect to nature
– Each body paragraph should relate back to the thesis developed in the intro paragraph
– 3 pages excluding works cited page
– Do not worry about “Works Cited” page I will complete that portion
– Entire essay should be in 3rd person
– Try to use at least two quotes in each paragraph
– MLA Format
– Only use these sources: Poetry Foundation, American Academy of Poets, Poetry 180, Poetry Archive
– Do not worry about running header or header information
– Write in Arial 11

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CHECKLIST FOR LITERARY ANALYSIS ESSAY

 

Page Format

Title
[__] Creative Title: Subtitle (Example: Sun-drops: A Response to Po’s “Sun-Rain”)

[__] Format: Centered, Plain Font, Spacing (double spaced)

Introduction Paragraph
[__] Header (Not Required)

[__] Attention grabber (Quote, question, or captivating statements)
[__] Identify the Author/Artist, Title of the text (Quotation marks), and any other relevant information.
[__] State the thesis statement (theme of text; theme is not the subject)

[__] Add transition words or phrases (where applicable)
Body Paragraph 1
[__] Header (Not Required)
[__] Select one of the following: poetic device, line(s), or stanza, ideas, emotions

 

[__] Topic sentence: state your body point
[__] Evidence from the text: quotes
[__] Explanation of the evidence. Repeat for each form of evidence.
[__] Closing sentence.

[__] Add transition words or phrases (where applicable)
Body Paragraph 2
[__] Header (Not Required)

[__] Topic sentence: state your body point
[__] Evidence from the text: quotes
[__] Explanation of the evidence. Repeat for each form of evidence.
[__] Closing sentence.

[__] Add transition words or phrases (where applicable)

 

Body Paragraph 3
[__] Header (Not Required)

[__] Topic sentence: state your body point
[__] Evidence from the text: quotes
[__] Explanation of the evidence. Repeat for each form of evidence.
[__] Closing sentence.

[__] Add transition words or phrases (where applicable)

 

Body Paragraph 4
[__] Header (Not Required)

[__] Topic sentence: state your body point
[__] Evidence from the text: quotes
[__] Explanation of the evidence. Repeat for each form of evidence.
[__] Closing sentence.

[__] Add transition words or phrases (where applicable)

 

MLA 8th Edition In text Citations
[__] Poetry In text citations  or Song Lyrics > (Artist or Band Name).

[__] AVOID dropped quotes

 

Conclusion Paragraph
[__] Header (Not Required)
[__] Final thoughts: Question and final thoughts, or quote and final thoughts, or thought-provoking statements.

 

Format
[__] Length: Minimum of 3 pages (does not include the Works Cited Page)
[__] Double-spaced
[__] Readable font type and size: Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman

 

Works Cited Page

[__] Title: Work Cited or Works Cited (centered, plain text)
[__] Work Cited Entry (s): alphabetical order, indent if entry goes to the 2nd line

 

Style
[__] Use Consistent tense (Literary Present)
[__] Third person POV. Avoid First or Second person POV.
[__] Appropriate Word choice
[__]  Sentence variety

 

Organization, Development, Coherence, and Unity

[__]  Organization: Topic sentence, Supporting details, Closing sentence
[__]  Development: textual evidence from poem and explanation of the evidence

[__]  Coherence (flow as you go from one part to the next) and unity (focused)

 

Technical
[__] Grammar (Verbs, Pronouns, Run-ons, Comma Splice, Sentence Fragments)

[__]  Punctuation (Commas, Semicolon, Colon, Quotation marks)

[__] Mechanics (Spelling, Capitalization)

 

Resources
[__] MLA (8th edition) Works Cited for Electronic Sources
[__] MLA (8th edition) Mini-Handbook from Daytona College
[__] MLA (8th edition) Paraphrasing, Summarizing

 

Notes
[__] Voice or Persona of Song > Refer to as “Speaker.”

[__] Group of Lines in Song > Refer to as “Verse” or “Stanza.”

Sample Essays

[__] Sample Rough Draft: Poe’s “Annabel Lee”  (uses headings)
[__] Sample Essay: “Richard Cory”

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