Lyrical Analysis Essay. Essay Two will be an analysis or a close reading of a song or poem from any time and any genre of your choosing that explores an important theme or intent of the song.
The below guidelines must be followe-d to make a passing grade, but does not determine an A:
This essay must include a three-point thesis that explores a theme behind or intention of the song, either by your own interpretation or the author’s intention.
This essay must NOT be a summary of the song or poem.
Your task is to make sure readers understand how this song or poem speaks to some specific idea or how the author met a particular intent.
It must include three specific points
These should be the root of your topic sentences and body paragraphs
It must be supporte-d by at least three lyrics or quotes from the song or poem
A Works Cite-d Page with your song or poem liste-d is not require-d but highly encourage-d.
You are free to use outside sources, but it is not require-d.
It must adhere to the basic essay structure.
Be sure to pay attention to intros, body paragraphs, conclusion, transitions, spelling, grammar, mechanics and sentence structure.
First-person is not allowed.
You should not use I, my, or me in this essay.
It must be typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double spaced.
Full MLA is not required, but the attempt is highly encouraged
Templates have been provided in the Composition Resource folder
The title of the song or poem does not work
Essay 2 or Song Analysis also will not work
It must be at least 2 ½ full pages but no more than 4.
Are there certain artists or poets who you gravitate to more? Why is that? Is there a pattern in their music or writing that appeals to you? How can that fit into your analysis?
What is the tone of the song? Does that match to the tone a specific moment in your life?
Is there a story behind your connection to this song or poem? How does that story fit into your analysis? Do you need to tell a story or just point some things out?
Are there specific lines or lyrics that automatically stick out? Are those the lyrics representative of the thesis you argue?