Choose a poem from the collection of Natasha Trethewey’s poems on the Poetry Foundation website: poetryfoundation.org (Links to an external site.). It is highly recommended that you select a poem that is rich with symbols, imagery, and figurative language since these poetic elements lend themselves well to graphic representations (pictures/images).
Include the title of the poem and Natasha Trethewey’s name somewhere that is visually appealing on the page.
Your graphic essay must also include an effective thesis statement identifying what you believe is the thematic message that Natasha Trethewey conveys within her poem.
Include 4 relevant phrases and/or lines quoted from the poem (and clearly cited using MLA format). These quotes must support the thesis you have developed about the poem’s thematic message.
Include 4 graphic/picture representations (either original [created by you] or found [created by other sources] photographs, drawings, pictures online or in print) to represent each literary idea/concept you have quoted from the poem. As mentioned earlier, symbols, imagery, and figurative language arise naturally from the poem and connect to the theme you’ve identified as part of your overall thesis
You must also include 4 interpretive analytical/literary commentary paragraphs for each quote you have selected from the poem. Your interpretive analysis/literary commentary will illuminate the thematic idea you have identified in your thesis statement. Additionally, this commentary/analysis will allow you to create connections between your thesis and the graphics you have chosen to represent the phrases and/or lines you’ve quoted from the poem.
Use color in a rational and logical way; color can be used symbolically and/or as an organizational device.
Organize the components of your graphic essay in a way that makes visual sense to the person looking at it.
Complete your graphic essay on ONE 8.5”x11” sized page or a MAXIMUM of 2 presentation slides (Google slides or PowerPoint). Do NOT go beyond this length. Part of this assignment is to demonstrate that you can capture the meaning of the lines in the poem both within the graphic/image you’ve chosen and in a short paragraph of writing.
Your graphic essay must be neat and thorough in its content. You will not be able to explain your graphic essay to me or the class, so make sure the written component clearly explains the ideas you’d like to support your thesis statement .
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