November 28, 2012 Essay #4 Writing Prompt

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November 28, 2012

Essay #4 Writing Prompt

The essay I have chosen to repurpose/repackage is essay #1, a personal narrative. In Essay #1, I chose to write about my experience while moving from a house I had lived in for 12 years to my new home. Throughout my essay, I explain all the changes that were made, what it was about my old house that made it so special and how hard it was in the beginning to adjust to all these changes. In this essay, my audience was mainly my instructor but because we were required to do peer reviews and evaluations in class, I wanted to direct my audience partly to my peers. In writing for my instructor, the type of word choice and language I used was more formal and grammatically correct than if I were to write an essay only to my peers. Due to the fact my writing was aimed towards both of these audiences, I had to incorporate relatable details for both. Essay #1 was required to be in standard MLA format, including a thesis, transitions, focused paragraphs, etc. It was also in narrative form meaning it was written in first person. The context of this essay was that it was written clearly for the reader to understand and that it was "spiced up" to keep the reader interested. The actual purpose behind the essay, beside the one we were trying explain, is that it was assigned, that it was for a grade, and to explain a story with a purpose.

Essay #4 is the repurposed project of either essay #2 or essay #1 in which this case, as I have mentioned, I have chosen to repurpose essay #1. Although Essay #4 is focusing on a previous essay, it still offers a different product. The audience for my essay #4 is still directed towards my instructor but even more to my peers because they are able to view a live presentation of my final product. Because this project is aimed more towards my peers, I need to include details in which are clear to understand and keep them focused. The form/genre I have chosen to use for essay #4 is a poem. The context of essay #4 should have a clear shown purpose that is easy for my audience to recognize, it should be interesting, original, and include details so the reader has a good understanding. Besides the obvious purpose of this essay being that it was assigned for a grade, another purpose of this project is to take an essay that I have already written and present it in a different form so my peers get the opportunity to see my final product.

When repurposing my essay, at first, I wasn't sure which route to take and which form I should repackage my essay into. I began by brainstorming my options and I came up with two options, a public service announcement for essay #2 or a poem for essay #1. In the beginning, I picked a public service announcement for essay #2. After doing research on the subject I found it to be a little difficult and I wasn’t able to find any useful information, so I turned to my second option, a poem on essay #1. When I began researching I was able to find numerous online book sources and a variety of internet sources. I chose to repackage my personal narrative , essay #1, into the form of a poem because I thought that it was the most descriptive and emotional way I could present my story in shorter detail with voice that gives the audience an understanding of my experience. Prior to writing the poem, I had the knowledge that there are different types of poems and the way they should be written. I needed to do research to decide what type of poem I should do and how it should be done. I also needed guidance on what concepts should be included in a poem and what should not.

On the website,, it gives you step by step instructions on how to write poetry, improve as a poet, and advice on how to turn ideas into poems. It also lists the different types of poems along with the definitions of each and examples. The website defines poetry that it is made up of four things, line structure, and physical aspects of language, concentrated language, and emotional/irrational connection. The poem needs to be divided into lines and stanzas. The length of the lines and the line breaks are important choices that will affect many aspects of the reader’s experience. The lines that are grouped together in poems are called stanzas. Stanzas are often used to organize ideas. Poetry is broken up into many different types. One poem is called a sonnet. A sonnet is when lines one and three rhyme, two and four, five and seven, six and eight, nine and eleven, ten and twelve, and then when the last two lines, thirteen and fourteen rhyme with each other. Other types of poems include, narrative, where the poem tells a story and has all three elements of fiction, a limerick, five lines each with a rhyming scheme of AABBA, and a Haiku, a poem which uses a few words to capture a moment. These are just a few types of poems, there’s also acrostic, free verse, etc. (

In the critical essay on “The Boy,” in the book, Poetry for Students, author Holm explains the elements that the writer of the poem, Hacker, uses to make her poem so magnificent along with criticism. Holm explains, “Hacker uses poetry-specific mechanics as well as narrative craft to hammer home the pain of being different and being apart from the majority.” She goes on to explain what most is amazing about the poem is her ability to touch upon gender confusion, bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism in such a small amount of space. Holm also mentions some criticisms about hacker’s poem. She says, she is struggling with her sense of being different from the mainstream world. Although Hacker has clever mechanics, the reader has to work for the conclusion and requires thought to unravel and may leave the reader with confusion. This poem in particular has an ABAB pattern and in the second stanza an AABAB pattern. Hacker alternates lines of iambic pentameter with lines that vary from this pattern. The first two lines are iambic pentameter; the third line is also with an extra syllable. In a ploughshares interview, Hacker is described as gloriously defying “all attempts at easy categorization.” (Holm 1)

The type of poem I chose to repackage my essay #1 into is called a free verse poem. A free verse poem is a poem that doesn’t have a set pattern and doesn’t have a specific rhyming scheme, meaning it can rhyme or not. I chose this poem because it’s a type of poetry I have been grown familiar with and is easiest to use. From doing and looking over my research, I now have a better all-around understanding of poetry. I was able to discover all the different types of poetry, what types of things might be critiqued, and about the rhyming schemes and patterns that make up a poem. After receiving this knowledge, I can now go onto writing a poem of my own and using these things as a checklist of things to include and not to include in my poem.

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