I mainly want to thank Professor Rosen for her insights and showing us how to be creative. She was so expressive with her hands, and her Love for the art was something to really appreciate. Thanks for your time with us, it was a pleasant journey.

Research Essay checklist

Please remember to:

  • Include, in whatever balance is appropriate, three components:  your ideas about the painting, your ideas about the poem, and your research
  • Include quotations from both the poem and your sources—and any time you include a quotation, make sure it’s not its own sentence but is part of a sentence, even if all that exists outside the quotation is According to SoAndSo, “Blah blah blah blah blah” (123).
  • Check the organization of your essay—write an outline of the draft you’re working on to see if you like the order of ideas
  • Make sure you have a thesis statement, and make sure it fits the essay you’re writing
  • Avoid over-generalizing, especially in your introduction—remember that you want to argue something specific, not some universal truth that would be impossible to discuss well in 4-5 pages
  • Think back to the initial questions you came up with for the project—do you answer them, something like them, different questions altogether, or is your essay merely a report of research collected?
  • Write an essay that interests you, that you’re proud of, and that upholds college regulations on academic integrity
  • Use a parenthetical citation at the end of the sentence any time you refer to someone else’s words or ideas
  • Include a bibliographic entry in your Works Cited page for each source you quote from or refer to in your essay, and use easybib.com to help you format your citations—remember that the poem and painting should also be in your Works Cited page!
  • Remove the annotations from your bibliographic entries that you wrote for the Annotated Bibliography
  • Double-space your essay using the option in the paragraph menu, and indent the first line of each paragraph—and use a hanging indent on your Works Cited citations
  • Proofread your essay, looking and listening for places where commas belong, for sentences that you might combine, for incorrect word, tense, or number choice, for sentence boundary errors, for illogical phrasing, and other errors
  • Put titles of poems and paintings in quotation marks, books, magazines, journals, newspapers in italics
  • Give your essay a title
  • Upload your essay to our shared folder on Dropbox.com by the start of class on Wednesday.

Thank you—I look forward to reading your essays!

It just came to my attention that the version of the poem “Mourning Picture” on the site we have been using is incomplete.  Since it’s so late in the semester, I will not fault you if you only use the first two stanzas as you write about the painting and poem in your essays.  However, the final stanza might be very helpful for you, so I want to offer you the chance to read the whole poem–look for it here.  If you want to talk to me about this correction and what it means for your essay, please get in touch with me either by talking to be before or after class or by e-mailing me, or by talking to me in my office during an appointment or my office hours.

I hope this new information helps!

input welcome

Without having any background knowledge, anyone can still appreciate art. Yet are you really giving the artist their due credit if you have no idea what it’s really representing? Perhaps what you think it means is completely wrong and that there is a deeper, more personal meaning? A great example of this situation can be found with both Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” and poet Anne Sexton’s poem of the same name. Therefore, I think that it is important to understand the artist before you can truly understand and appreciate their art.

Themes for the final

Comparisons between As I Lay Dying and other readings from 1121 this semester:

Both Faulkner stories:  AILD  and “A Rose for Emily” themes [dark, ~mysterious], writing styles

Iceberg theory: AILD and “Hills Like White Elephants” or “The Story of an Hour”

Journey:  to bury Addie; for Jackson Jackson to get his grandmother’s regalia in “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”

Pregnancy:  Dewey Dell and the girl in “Hills Like White Elephants”

Revenge:  Addie and Mrs. Wright from Trifles

Marriage:  Addie and Anse; the Wrights; the Mallard; Emily and Homer?

Influence, Neighbors:  Cora Tull and Mrs. Hale in Trifles

Secrets/Privacy:  Addie and Whitfield; Emily keeping Homer’s body; Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters

Depictions of Death:  Addie and Homer—unburied; Addie and speaker in “Because I could not stop for death”; and Story of an Hour or Trifles—freedom through death, but whose death?

Obligation:  to family—Addie;  Jackson Jackson to the regalia



As I lay Dying

gramophone, phonograph is any sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs.

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