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Choose one of the poems read by students at the beginning of class and imagine that you are a teacher presenting this poem to a university-level English class. You will need to explicate[1] that poem; that is, take it apart, piece by piece, and put it back together again.
Explicate comes from Latin, meaning” to unfold,” if that helps.

This is the poem:
328. Figures Of Thought – Howard Nemerov
To lay the logarithmic spiral on
Sea-shell and leaf alike, and see it fit,
To watch the same idea work itself out
In the fighter pilot’s steepening, tightening turn
Onto his target, setting up the kill,
And in the flight of certain wall-eyed bugs
Who cannot see to fly straight into death
But have to cast their sidelong glance at it
And come but cranking to the candles flame –
How secret that is, and how privileged
One feels to find the same necessity
Ciphered in forms diverse and otherwise
Without kinship –– that is the beautiful
In Nature as in art, not obvious,
Not inaccessible, but just between.

It may diminish some our dry delight
To wonder if everything we are and do
Lies subject to some little law like that;
Hidden in nature, but not deeply so.

Assume that your audience is like our class: reasonably well-read and educated people, who nonetheless are not experts in the subject. Draw on your class notes for appropriate terminology (i.e., meter, stanza type, sonnet rhyme scheme, etc.)

Pre-writing: Begin by copying the poem by hand.* Pay attention to the spacing and placing of the words, their syntax and punctuation. Then read the poem aloud, several times. Are you getting a feel for the rhythm, the rhyme?

Identify any words that you are even the slightest but unsure about, and LOOK THEM UP! If they refer to scientific terms, educate yourself about the context and meaning(s) and include them in your paper.

When was the poem written? What were the word’s meaning then? Read the secondary and tertiary meanings, too. Could the poet be using one (or more) of them in layered meaning?

What do you know about the poet? Has s/he written other poems similar to this and scientific in nature? Is s/he a scientist?

Ask yourself some questions about the poem, and then answer them.

What type of poem is it: narrative, lyric, dramatic? Is there a story?
What do you know (or can you guess) about the speaker? (Note: not equivalent to the author)
What seems to be the purpose of the poem?
How would you characterize the language? Is it simple or complex? What words stand out and why?
What similes, metaphors, images and symbols do you find in the poem? What do they add to the poem?
Consider the poem’s structure. How is it divided? What is the rhyme scheme? What is the meter?
Note the sound of the poem. Does the poet use euphony, cacophony, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, or rhyme? (And if you don’t know what these words mean, then off to the dictionary you go!)
What are the major themes of the poem? How do the particulars in it illustrate the theme(s)?
Click on the attached file, “Literary Analysis by Don Riggs” for some additional suggestions.

*You must turn in a) the hand-written copy with your final paper.

Approx. 7-10 pages, double spaced, Times Roman 12 pt. font.

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