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09/04/2019

Help comparing two poems in a college essay?

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Help comparing two poems in a college essay?
I’m writing a ten page comparative essay for English 201 on Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of Immortality and Yeats’ Sailing to Byzantium, my thesis is that both are searching for immortality but find it in different entities. I’m struggling to get started because all i have is my intro, struggling on how to begin organizing my paragraphs. Any suggestions?

ANSWER
Seems like you are trying to write an analytical essay.

What you need to try and do:

“Analysis begins with a whole object, such as a poem, novel, short story or play. The analyst (or you, as the writer of the analytical essay) tries to take things apart to examine the individual pieces that make up the whole.
An analytical essay (often referred to as a five-paragraph essay though there’s nothing special about the number five) will attempt to explain the significance of a portion of a literary work, BY PROVING SOME SORT OF POINT. The point you are trying to make may have to do with characterization, plot, theme, style or other literary concerns.”

1) make your thesis:

“The answer to your prompt, or the point you are trying to make, should be the main idea of your essay. This is called a THESIS STATEMENT. Your thesis statement is your opinion; remember, it is not a fact. The thesis is what you will spend the rest of your essay trying to prove. Your job as the writer of an analytical essay is to convince the reader that your opinion is correct; you must prove that your thesis statement is true based on evidence from the text.

YOUR THESIS STATEMENT (main idea, focus, opinion) MUST BE CLEARLY STATED IN YOUR INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH. The thesis should be fairly broad. Stay away from narrow statements of facts that can be easily proven or disproven. Give yourself a challenge–and the reader will be engaged. Usually (but not always), the thesis statement is the sentence that ends your introduction.”

2) find some quotes and evidence that you can use to support your thesis. Remember the THESIS is different than the QUESTION. In this case, your thesis will answer your question in a manner that is arguable and not clearly stated. It should be unique and your own interpretation for which you need to advocate.

3) make an outline:

“INTRODUCTION (1 paragraph):tell the reader what your paper is about Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:
a way to draw the reader in
the author
title (underlined or italicized)
general statement about the literary work (sometimes)
necessary background information about the story (very little)
thesis statement (your opinion, main idea or focus) – this may be controversial – should be fairly broad – has a point to prove

MAIN BODY (approx. three paragraphs): these paragraphs should answer the question, “why?”. Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:
specific examples to prove your point
quotations – passages – descriptions – comparisons
explanation of the significance of your examples in terms of your thesis statement ( in other words, analyze your examples. How do they fit in with your main point?)
explanation of how your analysis relates to your thesis statement.

CONCLUSION (1 paragraph): Tell the reader what you told him/her and leave him/her with something to think about. Not necessarily in this order, you need to include the following:
your thesis, restated to emphasize that you have proven your point
a summary of your main points
a way to leave the reader thinking about the marvelous ideas in your essay.”

4) convert the outline into actual writing.

5) check over your work. It’s great to have someone else check you work. This is absolutely essential for writing a clear essay. Tell the person to write comments are parts that are confusing. You need to change this! Your teacher needs to understand what you are arguing. You can get serious point deductions if you are not clear!

Hope this helps!
BAMP (best answer me please)