1/4/12--Practice essay "The Crabs"

Note: this assignment should take you no more than 40 minutes. Please time yourself. 

Poem to be found in your reader on page 16.

In-class Essay on “The Crabs”

Your essay should have:

  • brief introduction (1-2 sentences) in which you:
  •             --identify the speaker and the dramatic situation (what’s literally happening)
  •             --include a thesis statement
  • body paragraphs in which you embed specific words and/or phrasing from the poem and explain in your own words what you’re quoting and why it’s significant.
  • one or two sentence conclusion in which you try to build on your thesis (if time)

Here is the topic for “The Crabs”:

Identify a significant contrast or conflict in the poem and discuss how the word choice and images create the contrast or conflict.