How to Write an AP Lit Poetry Comparison Prompt!. Understand the Poems. Read the question. What is it asking you to look for? Quickly read and interpret each as it pertains to the question Look at the details of the poems themselves
Sorry to be repetitive, but REMEMBER: In all compare/contrast situations that are worth anything, there is not only contrasts to be discussed, but comparisons as well.
Obviously each poem discusses a similar subject (leaves, love, cows), but the comparisons can’t end there. There must be a similarity in each poem in terms of message or theme.
Look at the samples I have provided: Emily Dickinson’s “We grow accustomed to the Dark” and Robert Frost’s “Acquainted with the Night.”
In your groups, determine the answers to these questions:
What is the similarity in these two poems?
Yet they were slightly different, right? In what way(s)?
Address that similarity and its divergence in the thesis .
“Though these two poems by Dickinson and Frost share the element of dark or night, the poets speak from very different perspectives. Dickinson’s “darkness” connotes uncertainty and change, while the speaker of Frost’s poem imbues night with a far more negative and desolate meaning.”
(I did NOT identify literary devices…I simply stated the difference in approach)