Essay Assignment Instructions Length: 5–7 pages Formatting: 12-point, Times New
Essay Assignment Instructions
Length: 5–7 pages
Formatting: 12-point, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins; doc, .docx, or .pdf file (not .pages)
Write an essay of 5–7 pages responding to ONE of the following topics. Your essay must argue a single coherent, nuanced thesis that is supported by textual evidence and critical analysis. Your essay should have an introduction that informs your reader of your argument and the key evidence that you will use. Your essay should develop your argument clearly and logically, with distinct paragraphs dedicated to distinct steps in your overarching thesis. All of your claims should be supported by evidence from the text. When using a direct quotation, you must make clear to your reader how it plays a significant role in your argument. The strongest essays will demonstrate original thinking, persuasive argumentation, and lucid, precise writing.
As with the previous assignments, you might choose to consult the Oxford English DictionaryLinks to an external site.. Beyond this, you should NOT do any external research for this paper. If you draw on course material—lectures, tutorial discussions, editorial material from the textbook—you must clearly acknowledge which ideas have influenced your thinking. All papers must include a “Works Cited and Consulted” list, which should include any specific entries you’ve used from the Oxford English Dictionary (see below). Note that by uploading your assignment on Quercus, you will be agreeing to the terms of the “Academic Integrity Checklist.”
Further submission details:
Your essay must have a title.
When quoting from poetry you should use a slash to indicate a line break. (For example: “Whoso list to hunt, I know where is a hind, / But as for me, alas, I may no more.”)
In “A World Made of Atoms,” “The Motion of the Blood,” “The Traffic betwixt the Sun and the Earth,” and “Of Many Worlds in this World,” Margaret Cavendish describes the world according to emerging scientific knowledge. Each poem considers vital actions and states of being—such as the “dance” of atoms forming into matter and the flow of blood around the body—that are imperceptible to us in everyday life. Compare how Cavendish uses narrative and poetic techniques to describe natural phenomena in TWO or THREE of these poems. In what ways does she relate the imperceptible to things that we can perceive in the world? In what ways do the poems adopt similar or different poetic strategies?
HOW TO CITE WORKS
Please follow MLA Style when citing works in your written assignments. This means that each assignment should include a “Works Cited and Consulted” list and that each specific reference in the assignment—whether a direct quote or not—should be followed by an in-text citation. (See below for examples.) Generally speaking, you are not expected to do any external research for this course. If you do, you are required to provide references for any and all works that you have quoted or consulted. Your in-text citations should follow standard MLA formatting, but if you’re citing poetry, line numbers are more precise than page numbers. For example:
Lanyer claims that the natural landscape around Cookham reshapes itself to accommodate Margaret Clifford: “The very hills right humbly did descend, / When you to tread upon them did intend” (lines 35-36).
“Works Cited and Consulted” citation
Lanyer, Aemilia. “The Description of Cooke-ham.” The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Edition, Volume A, 3rd ed., edited by Joseph Black et al. Broadview Press, 2017, pp. 807-10.
A handy guide for how to cite books and parts of books can be found here (Links to an external site.) and guidelines on in-text citations can be found here (Links to an external site.).
You can use the following format for Othello and “The Traffic betwixt the Sun and the Earth”:
Shakespeare, William. Othello, edited by Michael Neill, Oxford UP, 2006. [or whichever edition you’re using]
Cavendish, Margaret. “The Traffic betwixt the Sun and the Earth.” Poems and Fancies with The Animal Parliament, edited by Brandie R. Siegfried, Iter Press, 2018, 108.
If you are citing an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary OnlineLinks to an external site., you can adopt the following format:
“art, n.1.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, October 2020, www.oed.com/viewdictionaryentry/Entry/11125. Accessed [day + month] 2022.
The maximum length of this paper is 7 pages, but it’s OK if your “Works Cited and Consulted” spills into an 8th page.