A Poem Analysis Paper


For this next essay assignment, you will use the skills you have learned regarding elements of
poetry to explore and analyze one of the poems we read in this course. This essay should be
3-4 pages in length and have textual evidence from the poem for support. You must also use
one (1) additional outside source from the ST Phillips college library databases as additional supporting evidence. (Alamo colleges)
As you consider how you are going to approach this assignment or as you think about your
thesis, start by looking at the poem line by line to analyze the word choice and imagery. Then,
continue analyzing or “taking apart” the poem to uncover how your idea/argument is developed
using particular elements such as rhyme scheme, alliteration, tone, etc. As you write your essay,
make sure that you have:
1) Identified your idea/argument
2) Identified the poetic elements used to develop that idea/argument
3) Analyzed specific examples in the poem that demonstrate the use of those elements
Successful essays will include:
A creative and original title
An introductory paragraph that provides an attention getter, background information, and ENDS
with a thesis for poetry explication
A clear thesis which includes the poet, the title of the poem, and your points of analysis
Body paragraphs that begin with transitions and topic sentences and provide ample support
from the original poem, details that support the thesis, and shows the importance of the analysis
through explanation and connections to the real world
A conclusion that wraps up the essay by summarizing the most important points of the overall
Proper use of the MLA style heading example from your syllabus and follow all other MLA
guidelines for formatting (12 pt. Times New Roman font, page numbers, double spaced, 1-inch
margins, in-text citations, etc.).
A Works Cited page in proper MLA format that includes the original poem and all sources used
for the analysis.
To His Coy Mistress Launch Audio in a New Window
Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow

Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust;
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

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