How do poets express self, identity and the concept of home in their work? Do they use poetic devices, imagery, rhythm, allusions, meaning, tone, mood, or something else? The language of identity reveals our values and our heritage



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How do poets express self, identity and the concept of home in their work? Do they use poetic devices, imagery, rhythm, allusions, meaning, tone, mood, or something else? The language of identity reveals our values and our heritage.

Assignment: Write a compare and contrast essay (approximately 750-1000 words) regarding two poems that reflect the theme of identity
The poems can be from the:

    1. Same author

    2. Different authors

    3. Similar themes on identity or very different themes on identity

Or you can use the following ideas:


Rap songs

I Have a Dream- Common

Empire State of Mind- JayZ

Changes- Tupac

Me Against the World- Tupac


Age and Tone

Self Portrait- Robert Creeley

Warning- Jenny Joseph

On Turning Ten- Billy Collins

Place

We Are More- Shane Koyzcan

Canadians- Mariam Waddington

The Town- Macklemore

Empire State of Mind- JayZ

California Girls- Katy Perry

Canadian- Billy Collins


Tone

Royals- Lorde

Fancy- Iggy Azalea

Juicy- BIG (do not compare Juicy to Royals)


Carpe Diem

O Me! O Life!- Walt Whitman

The Road Not Taken- Robert Frost

Carpe Diem- Robert Frost

If- Rupard Kipling


Authors

Walt Whitman

Tupac


?

Sexuality

One Love- Makelmore

Beautiful- Christina Aguilera

Born This Way- Lady Gaga

Take Me to Church- Hozier


Each poem must be:

  • Printed-then each line of the poem marked numerically

  • Marked up with sense, structure, tone, mood, poetic devices, topic

  • Referenced in a properly formatted bibliography at the end of the essay. You can use books or the internet

  • Include quotes in your essay. I will show you how to reference poetry quotes. No quote bombs.


Steps

  1. Find two poems that relate to the theme of identity.

    1. These two poems should not be too long nor too simple

    2. These two poems should have some similarities besides theme

    3. If you have chosen a song, reduce the song to the main parts and a chorus or two. I do not need to see the chorus 5x.

    4. Eliminate all offensive language and swear words- or choose a different song! If you really think it adds to the song, make the swear words look like this: s*&#

  2. Print out a copy of both poems and MARK THEM UP with sense, structure, tone, mood, poetic devices and topic. Use the internet to research!!! You can research the meaning, the historical background, the purpose, the biography of the poet, the social context- anything. This will help enhance the “sense” of your poem.

  3. Do a compare and contrast graphic organizer.

  4. Decide what traits need to be compared. The meaning? The purpose? The devices? The tone? The mood? The history? The author’s influences?

  5. Do an outline- Mandatory!!!

Possible websites to use:



www.rapgenius.com



http://www.poetryfoundation.org/
http://www.poetryinvoice.com/
http://www.poets.org/
http://www.sparknotes.com/
http://www.shmoop.com/


Compare and Contrast Essay for Poetry with Quotes Rubric

 

10 /9

8.5/8/7.5

7/6.5

6/5.5/5


Opening
Statement and Conclusion


Strongly and clearly states the themes of identity. Previews the supporting reasons.

Creative and insightful

Conclusion is strong.


Clearly states a how this poem(s) reflects identity. Previews the supporting reasons.

Intro may be basic. Conclusion wraps up argument but could be stronger.



States how poem reflects identity but may be confusing or basic. Supporting reasons may or may not be previewed.

Intro and/or conclusion does not wrap up thesis.



Thesis is not easily understood with little or no reference to the question.

Intro and/or conclusion is weak or absent




Supporting
Details (quotes and evidence from novel)



Provides strong details, reasons and/or examples in support of the thesis.

Quotes are very relevant and strong



Provides details, reasons and/or examples in support of the thesis. Evidence fits to the argument. May be slightly irrelevant to thesis or weak

Provides some reasons and/or example in support of the thesis. Evidence may be weak or not match argument.

Provides little or no support of the opinion.

Support is weak or irrelevant.




Argument


Insightful, intelligent argument about identity.

A mature understanding of the subject.



Argument is intelligent. Understands the big ideas.

Argument is correct but could be more mature or insightful.

Argument is simple but correct. Could be more mature or insightful.

Use of Quotes

Bombs and Formatting

Quotes are integrated seamlessly. Formatting is flawless

Quotes are integrated but could be integrated smoother

Formatting may or may not be flawless but obvious effort is made to try



Quotes could be integrated better. Some quote bombs

Formatting needs to be improved






Format/
Organization


Compare and Contrast OR Biography

Sentences and paragraphs are complete, well written and varied.

Essay is organized regardless of essay type



Sentences are varied and complex. Paragraph structure is generally correct. 

Essay is organized regardless of essay type



Sentences are sometimes varied and complex. Paragraph structure is generally correct.

Essay may not be organized as well as it should



Little or no evidence of sentence or paragraph structure.

Essay could be organized better.




Mechanics and
Grammar


There are no errors in grammar, spelling or mechanics

Few errors in grammar, spelling or mechanics

Some errors in grammar, spelling and mechanics

Needs to be proofread and edited.



Many errors in grammar, spelling and mechanics

Needs to be proofread and edited.



Poetry Mark-up

All components are complete and extensive: sense, structure, tone, mood, topic and poetic devices

Thinking is obvious



All components are complete: sense, structure, tone, mood, topic and poetic devices

Could use more analysis



Some components are complete: sense, structure, tone, mood, topic and poetic devices

Could use much more analysis OR some may be wrong



Some components are complete: sense, structure, tone, mood, topic and poetic devices.

Too many errors OR not enough evidence of thought





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