Guide to Writing Papers (PDF)


Essay 1

10-12 pages (one-inch margins, double-spaced, 12 or 14 point font). Due one day after Ses #3. Select one of the following poems by Yeats, and write a cogent, detailed, argumentative analysis of it:

  • On a Political Prisoner
  • The Black Tower
  • A Prayer for My Daughter
  • Among School Children

Essays 2 and 3

Use one of the "leadoffs" provided in the class, and write a cogent, detailed analytic essay on one of our assigned poems. The essays should run 5 pages. Due on Ses #8 and two days after Ses #14.

Student Work

Martha Angela Wilcox, "A Bemuddled Contrast of Human Mortality with Keatsian Immortality Through Diction, Imagery, and Symbolism In Yeats' “Sailing to Byzantium" (PDF) (Courtesy of Martha Angela Wilcox.  Used with permission.)