▪ Write three separate analyses of three poems.
1 page analysis per poem. (3 pages) DO NOT SOURCE THESE POEMS. I will source them.
o Analyses should have a clear focus, established in a thesis claim. Analyses should display a close reading and insights on the elements of the poem, quoting words or lines for support of claims.
Poems will be:
1. Facing West from California’s Shores:
Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound,
I, a child, very old, over waves, towards the house of maternity, the
land of migrations, look afar,
Look off the shores of my Western sea, the circle almost circled;
For starting westward from Hindustan, from the vales of Kashmere.
From Asia, from the north, from the God, the sage, and the
From the south, from the flowery peninsulas and the spice islands,
Long having wandered since, round the earth having wandered,
Now I face home again, very pleased and joyous,
(But where is what I started for so long ago?
And why is it yet unfound?)
2. A Noiseless Patient Spider:
A noiseless patient spider,
I marked where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Marked how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be formed, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.
3. I Hear America Singing:
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand
singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or
at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of
the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young
fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.
▪Two summaries of two articles of literary criticism about WALT WHITMAN (one page, double spaced) 1 source per literary criticism article (2 sources total for Literary criticism)
▪One reflective essay on what you gained overall from this project, summarizing your experience of researching the poet and reflecting on what you learned (One page, double spaced