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HUMN 142 Week 8 Discussion: Poetry: Part I

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Walt Whitman in 1881 poetry.

HUMN 142 Week 8 Discussion: Poetry: Part I

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Walt Whitman in 1881
Walt Whitman, 1881.
Photo: Phillips & Taylor, Philadelphia
(Google Books) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons.

Before you begin writing your discussion post, review the Module 1 Writer’s Workshop, “Learning to Write a One-Paragraph Argument About Literature.”

Respond to this discussion activity by constructing a one-paragraph argument about one of the following topics:

  • The tone of one of the assigned poems;
  • a dominant theme of one of the assigned poems;
  • the speaker of one of the assigned poems; or
  • the use of irony in one of the assigned poems.

Once you have selected a topic:

  1. Make a claim in response to one of the topics above.
  2. Add evidence to support your claim in the form of a quotation to illustrate the point you are making. See Module 8 Writer’s Workshop for information about format for quoting poems.
  3. Add analysis by explaining how your quote proves or illustrates your claim.

Respond to Two Classmates

To earn full credit for this assignment, you must meet all criteria.

After you have constructed and posted your argument, reply to at least two of your classmates’ arguments by either:

  1. Agreeing with that person and adding another quote or example that supports his/her argument, or
  2. Disagreeing and adding another quote that undermines his/her argument.

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