Final Essay

Write a clear, well-developed, precise essay  of 550-750 words (no more and no less, not including citations) on one of the following topics on poetry.  Note that you are required to incorporate in a meaningful manner one research resource in your paper.
Choose only one of the following topics as the subject matter / focus of your essay:
1.     Compare/contrast the theme of war in:
Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen : p. 514
The Vietnam Wall by Alberto Rios: p. 903
2.     Compare/contrast the theme of tradition in:
Breaking Tradition by Janice Mirikitani: p. 325
Digging by Seamus Heaney: p. 899
3.     Compare/contrast the theme of the Other in:
On the Subway by Sharon Olds: p. 519
Abbot Academy by Julia Alvarez: p. 326
4.     Analyze two writers perspective on the value of poetry in peoples lives:
Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish : p. 894
Constantly Risking Absurdity by Lawrence Ferlinghetti: p. 897
Metaphors by Sylvia Plath: p. 88
Avoid merely summarizing the poems plots.
Avoid block quotes; limit the use of quotations.
Use the present verb tense.
Avoid using I in a literary analysis.  Use the objective point of view.
Use one scholarly resource (such as an academic source on gender issues, a YouTube interview of the assigned author, etc). The research should be relevant and not serve as a mere decoration ornamenting your paper.
Underline the thesis statement.
Avoid plagiarism. The research is meant to merely support YOUR own interpretation of the readings expressed in your own words.  Limit your use of quotations.
Follow the proper MLA format in citing poetry in in-text and Works Cited citations.
Here is information on how to cite poetry in in-text citations:

Here is information on writing the MLA formatted Works Cited citations for poetry from an anthology:
Grading Rubric
Content                                                        75
Underlined thesis statement                                     5
Use of Research resource                                      10
Grammar and Mechanics
Including the proper use of citations                             10
Total                                                            100