• Lux, “A Little Tooth” (page 618)
• Frost, “The Road Not Taken” (page 624)
• Suárez, “Isla” (pages 679 – 680)
For your Unit 4 Complete assignment, you will write a narrative essay using ONE of the three prompts below:
Explain the use of enjambment, word choice and descriptive details in Thomas Lux’s poem, “A Little Tooth.” In other words, what is the effect of Lux choosing to break the lines in his poem as he has? Pay close attention to the line breaks in these lines: ” … then she wants some meat / directly from the bone” and “she’ll fall / in love with cretins, dolts, a sweet / talker …” and “And you / your wife / get old, flyblown, and rue / nothing. What do you notice about Lux’s choice of words and the impact these particular words and images have on you as a reader? What else do you observe about how Lux uses descriptive details? You will explore your response to these questions in your essay.
In popular culture, Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken” is thought to be about life choices and choosing one path over another. Yet, literary critic and scholar David Orr says that we could be oversimplifying this poem and that this poem is actually much deeper and grave. By closely exploring the word choice in Frost’s poem, make a case for Orr’s argument that this poem is about more than simply taking one road and not another. In other words, how can this poem be read as a deeper philosophical statement about free will or choice? You will explore your response to this question in your essay.
“In Suárez’s poem, “Isla” the speaker uses the character of Godzilla to describe the immigrant experience and makes parallels between himself (as an immigrant) and the unwanted monster, Godzilla. Explain how Suárez’s use of imagery and descriptive phrases elicit sympathy in you as a reader. In your essay, hone in on at least three images/descriptive phrases in the poem and be sure to explain WHY/HOW these images affect you as a reader.
ADDITIONAL ESSAY REQUIREMENTS:
1,000 words or roughly four double-spaced pages.
Your essay must include a formal organization structure with an introduction, body and conclusion. Your essay must include a thesis that responds directly to the prompt. Each body paragraph should begin with a strong topic sentence that presents your main idea. Your essay should consist of no fewer than five paragraphs.
Be sure to rely on the poem for support in your essay by using details and quotations from the poem to explain your ideas/response.
Make use of at least three scholarly sources to support and develop your ideas. Our course text may serve as one of these three sources.
Your essay should demonstrate a thorough understanding of the READ and ATTEND sections.
Be sure to cite your sources using proper APA format (7th edition). For help with APA, visit the Bethel Library website to explore a plethora of APA-related tutorials, help videos and resources.