"One of the things people forget...is that poetry can be fun, that you can have fun with the language."--Lucille Clifton, poet and teacher
AP English Poetry Explication and Research Project
Objectives: To analyze one poet’s work to determine theme and tone; to explain in detail the poet’s techniques that create the same; and to research secondary sources to support your own understanding of the poet’s stylistic and thematic concerns. Remember that your subject calls for literary explication.
1. Your paper should be five to seven pages in length, double-spaced, excluding the Works Cited page (or between 1250-1750 words.)
2. Textual evidence from each poem is required. This is your explication supported by information from secondary sources. Do not drop in your quotations. Embed your quotations in your commentary. No more than one more long quotation in the body of the paper; consult http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ for the appropriate format.)
3. Five to seven credible sources should be employed. MLA documentation is necessary.
4. Photocopies of each poem must be submitted with the final draft.
5. Write in third person and in the literary present tense.
6. Remember to use Times New Roman font, 12 point. Poetry titles are enclosed in quotations marks, but your original title for your paper is not underlined or enclosed in quotations.
7. No title page is needed. Follow MLA guidelines for heading.
8. Purchase the manila envelope at the beginning of the project to keep your materials together.
9. Missing deadlines means lost points.
10. Bring your rubric to all deadline submissions.