Poetry Commentaries. An analytical approach to poetry By Miss Eaton. What’s a Poetry Commentary?. O.E.D. “a treatise consisting of a systematic series of comments or annotations on the text of a literary work”
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An analytical approach to poetry
By Miss Eaton
In other words…
A commentary is really like an essay.
You are in the driver’s seat.
It’s an essay question, but you create the question.
You decide what is significant or
particular about the passage or the poem.
You read it several times.
You annotate it.
You determine what it is about and what is distinctive about it.
You consider all those things you usually consider about prose or poetry
Then you comment!
And there is never any excuse for wallowing about in the ‘cotton wool’ of generalization because you have the TEXT right in front of you.
What a gift!
A commentary is really nothing more than an essay in which you discuss the effects an author has created in a poem or prose passage. Writing good commentaries involves…
*Remember:Writing is a PROCESS… do not simply “throw up” on the paper/screen!!!
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