Breaking Down the Prompt.
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The story of Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens and their enchanting but deadly song appears in Greek epic poetry in Homer’s Odyssey. An English translation of the episode is reprinted in the left column below. Margaret Atwood’s poem in the right column is a modern commentary on the classical story. • Read both texts carefully. Then write an essay in which you compare the portrayals of the Sirens. Your analysis should include discussion of tone, point of view, and whatever poetic devices (diction, imagery, etc.) seem most important. (Important to what? The BIG SO?)
Every prompt has two primary elements: 1) A “WHAT” (the topic of the prompt) and2) A“HOW” ( devices/examples from the passage or poem) In the Sirens example:
• Discuss tone, point of view, and whatever poetic devices (diction, imagery, etc.) seem most important.
• Atwood’s portrayal of the sirens as a modern commentary on the original
In addition to understanding the contentof the passage that you read, and writing knowledgeably about the function of literary devices, you are also expected to writean insightful explanation of :
the BIG “SO?”
The topic of
(WHAT is the
Direct Quotes, Summary, Details, Literary Devices (comes from the work; HOW the author illustrates the subject
Message, Insight, reflection
(aka “three Cs” : )