Outlining The Side-By-Side AP Monster

2008 English Lit FRQ 1

The Big Question: Compare and contrast how each author uses poetic devices to relay similar meanings

  • Poem 1: what the author cares about most will become insignificant with time, *focuses on the future
  • Poem 2: impending nature of death, unfulfilled, *focuses on the past

Devices:

  • Poem 1: simile (“like rich garners”), personification (“with the magic hand of chance”), succession of metaphors/examples, imagery, anaphora, structure
  • Poem 2: metaphor (“a city in the twilight”), personification (“the Past”), imagery, repetition, structure

Organization:

  • Paragraph 1:
  • Poem 1: future worries but still end is near
  • Evidence/Devices: couplet at the end that shifts viewpoint, structure of poem, imagery (pen and books), personification (“with the magic hand of chance), anaphora (“before” and “when”)
  • Paragraph 2:
  • Poem 2: past regrets but still end is near
  • Evidence/Devices: couplet (the last two lines) at the end that shifts the tone (nostalgic/regretful to looming darkness), repetition (“not,” “nor”), imagery/metaphor of the hill, personification of the Past

Thesis Statement: The two authors strive to relay the impending nature of death/end by taking into perspective either the past or the future in their poems.

Topic Sentence 1: The first poem illustrates the impending nature of death by emphasizing the insignificance of anxiety of the future.

Topic Sentence 2: The second poem illustrates the impending nature of death by emphasizing the insignificance of past regrets.

 

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2 thoughts on “Outlining The Side-By-Side AP Monster

  1. I’m not sure if it’s because I rushed through this assignment or because I just plain missed it but somehow I didn’t pick up on the whole past/future digression between the two poems. I really like how you found that and how you organized your essay based off of that difference between the two poems. You also found some devices I missed within the poems so I’m glad that I can go back and reread the poems with new knowledge thanks to you. You offer great insight into the poems and your topic sentences and thesis are written in a complex, yet simple enough to understand manner. Great job!

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