A number of texts we’ve read are about the same topic, for example, love, death, war, marriage, religious faith, family, etc. Write an essay in which you compare and contrast two texts that are similar in some way. Focus your analysis on only one aspect of the texts such as representation of the body, conflict with a parental figure, nature imagery, limitations as a result of marriage, use of a speaker who is dead, etc. What insights do you gain from looking at these texts in relation to one another?
Your essay should demonstrate original thought and analysis; in other words, you should not merely repeat but rather extend ideas brought up in class. Your argument must be supported with close reading and quotations of the text.
1. Your essay should be 1500-1800 words.
2. This is not a research essay: if you do decide to do research for your paper you must properly document your sources using MLA format.
3. If only using the texts on our syllabus, you do not need a Works Cited list; however, you do need, for essays and short stories to include in-text citations for page number of your quotations.
Compare two poems
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
I Knew a Woman
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I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!
Of her choice virtues only gods should speak,
Or English poets who grew up on Greek
(I’d have them sing in chorus, cheek to cheek).
How well her wishes went! She stroked my chin,
She taught me Turn, and Counter-turn, and Stand;
She taught me Touch, that undulant white skin;
I nibbled meekly from her proffered hand;
She was the sickle; I, poor I, the rake,
Coming behind her for her pretty sake
(But what prodigious mowing we did make).
Love likes a gander, and adores a goose:
Her full lips pursed, the errant note to seize;
She played it quick, she played it light and loose;
My eyes, they dazzled at her flowing knees;
Her several parts could keep a pure repose,
Or one hip quiver with a mobile nose
(She moved in circles, and those circles moved).
Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I’m martyr to a motion not my own;
What’s freedom for? To know eternity.