I want a red dress. I want it flimsy and cheap, I want it too tight, I want to wear it until someone tears it off me. I want it sleeveless and backless, this dress, so no one has to guess what’s underneath. I want to walk down the street past Thrifty’s and the hardware store with all those keys glittering in the window, past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old donuts in their café, past the Guerra brothers slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly, hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders. I want to walk like I’m the only woman on earth and I can have my pick. I want that red dress bad. I want it to confirm your worst fears about me, to show you how little I care about you or anything except what I want. When I find it, I’ll pull that garment from its hanger like I’m choosing a body to carry me into this world, through the birth-cries and the love-cries too, and I’ll wear it like bones, like skin, it’ll be the goddamned dress they bury me in. We have been learning how to get at the literal and figurative meanings of a poem. Now, it is your turn. In Draft 2A you are asked to give the literal and figurative meanings of one poem. Write in paragraph form a paraphrase of the literal meaning you see in a poem such that you Write in paragraph form the figurative meaning you see in a poem such that you 1. You may choose to work with one or two other students in this class to do this assignment. That is, two or three people may work to produce one assignment. 2. Choose one of the poems listed on the page called “Reading Some Poems” in this unit. 3. Work with the poem, as shown in this unit, to understand and then write the literal meaning of the poem. 4. Work with the poem, as shown in this unit, to understand and then write the figurative meaning of the poem. 5. Write at least one paragraph of the literal meaning of the poem and at least one paragraph of the figurative meaning of the poem. 6. Separate out the literal and figurative meanings of the poem, as demonstrated in the example below. 7. Give the author and title of the poem, as demonstrated in the example above. 8. Use quotations to support your ideas (quotation marks, citation of lines, forward slashes when needed). 9. When you are ready to put your work into word processing, construct a document (file) of the literal and figurative meaning of the poem. Work with the file, editing and proofreading and revising as necessary. Literal Meaning of Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” Two roads split apart in a yellow forest. I was sorry that I couldn’t travel both roads. Since I am only one traveler, not two, I had to choose one of the roads. Before choosing, I stood for a long time and looked down one road. I looked down that road as far as I could, down to where it curved out of sight in the underbrush. After I looked down the first road, I took the second road because the second road looked just as fair as the first one. And perhaps the second road had a better claim since the second one was grassy and not worn. But other travelers had really worn them about the same. That morning, as I traveled, roads equally had leaves on them that were not blackened. I took the second path, and saved the first road for another day. However, I know that one path leads on to other paths, and since that is true, I doubt I will ever get back to the first path again. Somewhere, ages and ages from now, I will be telling this whole story again, and will tell it with a sigh: two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by. That has made all the difference. Figurative Meaning of Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” The poem “The Road Not Taken” is about the journeys we take in life and the choices me make on those journeys. The speaker stands in a forest and sees that the road he is walking forks in front of him. He must make a choice. Like all people, the speaker is anxious about the choice in front of him. He may take one road that is well traveled or, as he says, “trodden black” (line 12) where the forest’s leaves have been trampled under the many feet of all those who have taken this road before him. Or, he may take the other road. He leaves the first, the well-traveled road, for “another day” (line 11) when he may return to the first road. Even though he cannot see the end destination of his choice (the second road) because it turns ahead of him and because it is obscured by the “undergrowth” (line 5), still he takes it knowing he will never come back to this place, this choice, again. He take the road less traveled by and that makes the difference for him in his life. In other words, the choice he makes in taking the road less traveled by leads him to places and events in his life that he could never know before-hand. Like the traveler, many of us, knows now that the choices he makes in life cannot be undone and that they lead on to other choices that lead us to a destination that we could not have foreseen when we first made the choice. All this takes place in the fall of year since the leaves of the forest lead the speaker to call this forest a “yellow wood” (line 1). This waning season of the year suggests that the speaker is in the waning years of his life (that is, when he is older) and so suggests that he makes his choice when he is of middle age or older. Like the speaker, even those who are older–not just the young at high school graduations–must constantly make choices that change the outcome of their lives. 1. Paper 2 focuses on your interpretation of the meaning of one poem. Choose one of the poems found in this unit on the page called “Reading Some Poems.” 2. The paper has a short introduction paragraph, which includes 3. The thesis makes one arguable point about the theme (point, meaning, your interpretation) of the poem. Your thesis is arguable; that is, it takes a stand that other people who read the poem might disagree with but one which you support. The thesis is your interpretation of a theme, point, or meaning of the poem. 4. The body of your paper contains several paragraphs. In the body paragraphs, you will want to 5. Support your ideas in your body paragraphs with quotations from the poem. Put quotation marks around the quotations. After the quotation, put the line number in parenthesis. Be sure to lead into the quotation before giving the quotation. After the quotation tell what the quotation suggests to you or give your interpretation of the quotation. Link this interpretation to the topic sentence of the paragraph and to the thesis of the paper to show how your interpretation of the quotation supports the topic sentence of the paragraph or the thesis of the paper. 6. Since this is a paper about a poem, be sure to use the forward slash between lines of the poem that you quote. When you quote, quote accurately. Use ellipsis to indicate any omissions you have made from the original quotation. Use square brackets to enclose any change you make in the original. If your quotation from the poem is long (more than 4 lines of the poem), display the quotation as a long quotation. 7. End the paper with a short conclusion paragraph that echoes or mirrors the thesis in some way and that wraps up the entire paper. 8. Type an outline page (with at least A’s and B’s under each Roman numeral), the paper itself, and a Work Cited page. 9. Type the words “Paper 2” somewhere on the title page of your paper. 10. Give your paper a title that is NOT the title of the poem. Type the title in the center, on the first page of your essay. 11. Assigned length: 500-750 words. 12. 13. Submit your paper using the Assignments dropbox for this online course. (More on that later) Write a draft of at least four paragraphs for your Paper 2. You may continue developing your writing on the same poem that you focused on in Draft 2A. In your draft, include an introduction paragraph at least two body paragraphs a conclusion paragraph You may make your Draft 2B longer if you wish. Using your draft as a starting point, Fill in the following line about your work: “This work (poem or play) is a work about . . . .” where in the blank you would write an idea. On some scratch paper, jot down some ideas about what you will say in the paper. See pages 10-17 in (The Writing Process). As you plan, think about what your main point about the story will be. This main point will become the thesis. Try to come up with a thesis sentence that . Some students need to begin a sentence or two on paper. Other students are ready to go directly to the computer screen to write their draft. Do what works best for you. As soon as you are ready to go to the computer, type a first draft of your paper in word processing. As you draft, whether on paper or on the computer screen, If you get stuck while drafting, If you get interrupted while drafting, As you are writing your full draft you want to think about making sure that After you have written a draft of your paper, re-read your paper, checking to see that you Here are some ways to notice what needs to be revised in your paper As you read or listen or talk, think about these questions about your paper See pages 14-17 in for information on Revision Work with your file until you are ready to turn it in. Check some of the following:
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