2/29 – Happy Leap Year! Intro to Task 5

Today I’ll introduce Task 5, an explication. If you’ve been in ICCSD your whole life, then this is the first time in your academic career you’ve done an explication. I know that can feel intimidating. Luckily, there are lots of tools in your Poems Book to help you.

Today I’ll walk you through some of those materials, including:

  • What an explication IS
  • How to write a thesis statement for an explication
  • What elements go in your proposal for your explication
  • A sample explication, which we’ll read together paragraph-by-paragraph, talking about what makes it work and why it’s successful.
  • Then you’ll have some time to get started.

A caveat on the poems you can choose–I’d recommend AGAINST “Rink Keeper’s Sestina.” It’s a fun poem to study in class, but writing an explication about it is a bit tricky.


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