The Long Poem

The difficulty of explaining long poems is that there’s so much to explain! The best way to approach a long poem is to divide it into several sections or movements (in some instances, the poet does this for us). Rather than trying to explain the entire poem, I would like you to focus on one major section or stanza of the poem. As you do this, isolate the most significant lines or images in that section and explain these thoroughly. Conclude your response by discussing how this particular section of the poem contributes to the poem’s overall meaning.


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Choose one long poem from those assigned and write a response analyzing an important section/stanza (300 words minimum).

“Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” (Links to an external site.)

“Ode to the West Wind” (Links to an external site.)

“Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” (Links to an external site.)

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (Links to an external site.)

“Home Burial” (Links to an external site.)

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