Prompt: The following poems are both concerned with Eros, the god of love in Greek mythology. Then write an essay in which you compare and contrast the two concepts of Eros and analyze the techniques used to create them.Prompt: The following poem is taken from Modern Love, a poetic sequence by the English writer George Meredith. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how the poet conveys a view of “modern love.”Prompt: The poems below are concerned with darkness and night. Then, in a well-written essay, compare and contrast the poems, analyzing the significance of dark or night in each.Renowned in the ancient world for her beauty, Helen was the wife of Menelaus, a Greek King.
Prompt: These two poems present encounters with nature, but the two poets handle those encounters very differently.
In a well-organized essay, distinguish between the attitudes (toward nature, toward the solitary individual, etc.) expressed in the poems and discuss the techniques that the poets use to present these attitudes.
Prompt: Read carefully the following poem by the colonial American poet, Anne Bradstreet.
Then write a well-organized essay in which you discuss how the poem’s controlling metaphor expresses the complex attitude of the speaker. Then write a well-organized essay in which you explain how formal elements such as structure, syntax, diction, and imagery reveal the speaker’s response to the death of a toad.
Write an essay in which you trace the speaker's changing responses to his experiences and explain how they are conveyed by the poem's diction, imagery, and tone.
Prompt: The following two poems are about Helen of Troy.
Prompt: The following poem was written by a contemporary Irish woman, Eavan Boland.
Read the poem carefully and then write an essay in which you analyze how the poem reveals the speaker’s complex conception of a “woman's world.”Prompt: Read the following poem carefully, paying particular attention to the physical intensity of the language.
In your essay, consider elements such as point of view, imagery, and structure.
Prompt: The poems below, published in 17, were written by William Blake in response to the condition of chimney sweeps.