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HELP, I need help in developing a topic for my FINAL english paper! Below are the...

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jwright13 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM via web

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HELP, I need help in developing a topic for my FINAL english paper! Below are the directions for the essay, I am having trouble coming up with a topic that fits the guidelines.  Thank you for any help!

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As opposed to persuasion, the objective for this essay is to research some element of a literary work or body of work, or to analyze some pattern of development within an author’s work or between two authors or a group of authors.

Patterns of development might consider the regional influence of a series of writers, such as, the American Romantics in New England, the Harlem Renaissance, Modernism or Postmodernism

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM (Answer #1)

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This is an excellent project. Here are some suggestions. 

First, since the object of the paper is to look at development in an author or literary movement, you would need to examine at least two works. So, the first thing you need to do is to read two works of one author or literary movement (perhaps an early one and a later one). 

Second, you would need to compare and contrast your findings. Ask yourself these questions: Was there change? Was there development? As you ask these questions, I am sure that you will gain more insights. 

Finally, create a thesis and write about your findings. Most good essay have one main point. 

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jwright13 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM (Reply #1)

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Thank you for your response.  If I understand correctly analyzing two poets whom wrote during the same movement would work; such as, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman during the modern American movement.

 

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