Comparing Two Poems

For this essay, please compare and contrast these two poems. In your comparison, discuss

1. What are the values being communicated to speaker/narrator? How is family being portrayed?
2. Does the speaker learn something from this experience or is it just a snapshot of event? Explain your answer.
3. What elements of poetry (i.e. image, meter, rhyme, or tone) did the author use to convey the meaning and details?

“Legacies” by Niki Giovanni (Schilb and Clifford 316)
“Queer Theory: According to My Grandmother” by Richard Blanco (Schilb and Clifford 331-332

Your essay should include

Introduction
Hook – one or two sentences that take the reader from the big picture to the specific topic.
Background information (Be sure to mention the authors and the titles of the works)
Thesis (UNDERLINED)

Body Paragraph 1 (What are the values being communicated to speaker/narrator? How is family being portrayed?)
Topic Sentence
Assertion for poem 1
In-text citation to support assertion from poem 1
Commentary linking assertion to thesis for poem 1
Transitional sentence
Assertion for poem 2
In-text citation to support assertion from poem 2
Commentary linking assertion to thesis for poem 2

Body Paragraph 2 (Does the speaker learn something from this experience or is it just a snapshot of event? )
Transitional sentence
Assertion for poem 1
In-text citation to support assertion from poem 1
Commentary linking assertion to thesis for poem 1
Transitional sentence
Assertion for poem 2
In-text citation to support assertion from poem 2
Commentary linking assertion to thesis for poem 2

Body Paragraph 3 (What elements of poetry (i.e. image, meter, rhyme, or tone) did the author use to convey the meaning and details?)
Transitional sentence
Assertion for poem 1
In-text citation to support assertion from poem 1
Commentary linking assertion to thesis for poem 1
Transitional sentence
Assertion for poem 2
In-text citation to support assertion from poem 2
Commentary linking assertion to thesis for poem 2

Conclusion
Recap the thesis (please do not restate it verbatim)
Closing idea about how this theme is relevant to us in 2020

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