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Papers

During the semester, you will write three papers, including a sonnet analysis.

Sonnet Analysis

The sonnet analysis provides you an early opportunity to work through a Shakespearean text and get feedback on your writing before the course's longer papers. In less than 1,000 words, the sonnet explication should address any of Shakespeare's sonnets that we have not covered thoroughly in class. (A few minutes of class discussion is fine.) The goal of the explication is to explain how Shakespeare creates the meaning or meanings of the poem through his manipulation of the form and language of your chosen sonnet.

You may use outside sources for this paper, though they are not required. You will find the online Oxford English Dictionary, with its wonderful chronological structure, useful for examining the inflections of single words. This and any other outside sources should be cited carefully so that I understand what material comes from those sources and what is your own.

Use MLA Style for the documentation of all papers.

Longer Papers

These papers should each be about 1500 to 1800 words long, roughly five or six pages, and they should use MLA style. (Here is a good handout on citing Shakespeare in MLA style.) The paper should develop a thesis about one or more of Shakespeare's works that we have covered in class.

For guidance about what I look for in papers, see the following links. They contain a lot of information; I assume that each of you will find some parts more relevant and useful than others.

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