Part A: Literary Analysis

Theme is the statement that a work of literature makes about life. A theme may address any number of issues, including explorations of loss, death, individuality, conformity, emotions, human interactions with nature, hope, etc. In this exercise, you are going to analyze the themes in a set of poems.

Review the poetry you have read for this course. Select four poems that you believe have a similar theme. Once you have identified the common theme and the poems about which you are going to write, note each title on a sheet of paper. Do some brainstorming. Note every way that each poem seems to address your theme. The poets do not have to say the same thing. One poem may express your theme in an entirely different way than another, and authors may explore the theme in different situations. Be creative with this project. Looking for similarities in different poems is a matter of personal interpretation and opinion. After you have finished brainstorming, write a 600 word (two-page) essay in which you explain how each of the four poems addresses your theme.

  • The typical essay includes an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The key to organization is clear structure and strong transitions from one idea to another.
  • Your introduction will open your essay. You should identify each of the poems you are writing about and explain each one briefly. Note the common theme, or idea, in the poems. Finally, state your opinion in a thesis statement. What do you believe the poems are saying about the theme?
  • Your body paragraphs will elaborate on how each poem addresses the common theme. Concentrate on showing similarities between the works. Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence that explains what the paragraph will be about. Everything in the paragraph should relate directly to the topic sentence.
  • In your conclusion, you will summarize your essay. Briefly recount what you say in your essay and restate your thesis statement. Finish the paragraph by noting your thoughts on why your essay is important to the understanding of literature.
  • Be sure to cite direct quotations properly. For directions about proper use of citations, refer to the MLA Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publications, which is available in most libraries. Guides to the MLA Style are available online, and there is a guide on pages R21–R23 of your textbook. For guidelines about grammar and punctuation, refer to the “Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Handbook” on pages R56–R63 of your textbook.

Part A will be worth fifty points. Your grade will be based on the following criteria:

Project Grading Table (Teacher Use Only)

Points Possible

Points Earned

Do you demonstrate a basic understanding of each poem?


Do you identify a common theme in all four poems?


Do you explain why you believe each poem is addressing your theme?


Do you use evidence from each of the four poems to support what you are saying?


Are your paragraphs well organized?


Are direct quotations cited correctly, and is your essay free of errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization?


The Theme of the poems i have chosen are: transitory nature of life / Cycle of Life: the poems which are realeted to this theme are:

– Mirror by Silvia plath

-Courage by anna sexton

– Cuttings by thedore rodetke

– Old Age Sticks by  i.i cummings

…the essay needs to have a paragraph about each poem and relating the theme to it and also adding a quote or maybe more than one o each poem where it can be seen the theme the cycle of life. Please you have the instructions do it clear and please do not use very complicated language use advanced language but not to specific…I am on year 11 thanks…