English Composition – Forum Poetry (Song analysis)

Assignment (Part I): This class is all about learning to analyze, think critically and then write about literature. Poetry is a main component of literature and one that I often hear is difficult to analyze. I disagree and I want you to feel more comfortable analyzing poetry (it will also help to build your critical thinking and analytical skills). 

So here’s what I want you to do: 

1. Read the lyrics to “Watch the Sky” by the band Something Corporate: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/somethingcorporate/watchthesky.html

2. Listen to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm91QFBoDbA

3. Reread the lyrics. 

4. Relisten to the song 🙂 

5. Use the “Poem Decoder” provided in the slides to dissect/decode the song. 

6. Provide two paragraphs analyzing the song. The first paragraph should be about a general idea of what the song is about and clues to what led you to believe that. The second paragraph should be specifically about questions #9 and 10 in the decoder. The second part is a little harder, but that’s how we dig a little deeper! 

Remember: This is a graded assignment. Here is what I’m looking for in addition to the assignment above: 

  • Minimum one to two paragraphs. Additional paragraphs are fine but will not gain extra credit. It’s best to be thorough but succinct. Practicing this will help your writing skills.
  • Thoughtful answers to your original post and replies to peers. Steer away from truisms — meaning, something we all know is true and doesn’t add to the conversation. Also, stay away from cliches — let’s think up some fresh ideas! It will make class more interesting! 
  • Timeliness — All posts are available on Monday and due by Sunday at 11:59PM. Late work will have points deducted. Discuss with me in advance if you have any issues that may lead you to posting late. 
  • Correct spelling
  • Correct use of grammar
  • Correct use of punctuation
  • Respect — this is an academic setting and we should respect everyone’s opinions even when they differ from our own. Certainly, we can have vibrant discussions but they must always be rooted in respect, curiosity and intellect.

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