“The Windhover,” Gerard Manley Hopkins poem 3 pages double spaced

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“The Windhover,” Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poetry Explication
DUE: Friday, September 25 by 5 p.m. (on MOLE)

An explication takes what is implicit or subtle in a text and makes it explicit and clear. However, an explication
is not a mere summary of what the poem says; you need to explicate the poem’s meaning. Remember,
meaning is the “Why” of a text; the author’s opinion about the text’s themes or ideas; what the text is trying to
communicate to us, its readers.

Select one of the poems we’ve read from those listed below and write a 3-4 page essay in which you create
and support a unique argument (thesis) about that poem’s meaning.

  1. Your introductory paragraph will 1) clearly name the poem and poet to be discussed, 2) provide the
    focus and structure of your paper, and 3) clearly provide your thesis statement, in which you present
    your argument on the poem’s meaning and answer the “so what?” by discussing the significance of
    your interpretation.

  2. Eachofyourbodyparagraphswillproveyourargument/thesisbyprovidingdetailedevidence
    (quotations from the poem) that support your meaning. Every body paragraphs should relate back to
    your thesis.

  3. Inyourbody/evidenceparagraphs,youshouldtrytoidentify2-3specificliterarydevicesthatprove
    your thesis. According to the attached “Writing About Poetry” handout, “good explications go line
    by line [or stanza by stanza], picking out every detail in the poem that supports your


  • Be too general with your evidence—you
    need SPECIFIC examples to back-up your
    thesis. For example, don’t just say the
    poem uses diction. All poems use diction.
    SHOW me—with quotes—what kind of
    diction the poet uses and why these word
    choices support your argument.

  • Simply translate or restate the poem—you
    need to think about how and why the
    poem creates meaning, not just what it

  • Assume that your quotations will prove
    your point without explanation—you need
    to explain WHY your quotes are important.

  • Rely on the poet’s biography to create an
    interpretation of the poem—you should
    analyze only what the POEM ITSELF tells

  • Restate ideas mentioned in class or readily
    available online. I want to see your ideas
    and fresh, unique meanings; I don’t want to
    see my own ideas (or ideas from strangers
    on the Internet) regurgitated back to me.

  • Use secondary sources. The poem should
    be the only source on your Works Cited

• Use MLA format for your paper, including
a Works Cited page and in-text
parenthetical citations (citing line or stanza

• Use the present tense (the “literary
present”) to discuss the poem.

• Use backslashes to indicate line breaks in
your quotations (e.g., “I felt a Funeral, in
my Brain, / And Mourners to and fro”).

• Put poem titles in quotations (poem and
short story titles go in quotations while
titles of whole books should be in italics).

• Give your paper a title.• Go to the Writing Center for additional

feedback on analyzing your poem and/or

writing your paper.• Visit my office hours to discuss the poem

one-on-one and talk about possible theses.

In grading your papers, I will be looking for:

  1. aclearlydefined,unique,andwell-arguedthesis;

  2. well-chosen,specificquotationsfromthepoemusedtoprovethatthesis;

  3. theaccurateidentificationanddiscussionofatleast2-3literarydevices;

  4. clarityofwriting(i.e.,yourwritingpresentsyourideasinaCLEARandCONCISEway,andthatany

    grammatical errors do not hinder your meaning);

  5. MLAformat,includingaWorksCitedpageandin-textcitations(seetheMLAStyleGuideonMoodle

    for help with this). 


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