How do I have to write a four-page paper on Rupert Brooke for my English class?
My teacher wasn't very specific. She said we can use just about anything as our format (e.g., characterization, literary criticism, etc.). We have started research and my problem is I have no idea where to begin. I don't know how to break this down so it isn't so overwhelming so that I can actually begin the assignment. Since I don't know what angle I want to write it from, I have no idea where to begin with the research or the writing aspect. Any input on how I should go about this assignment would be greatly appreciated.
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Good question. Is there a specific work by Brooke that interests you? I would suggest literary criticism. Perhaps Letters from America or Puritanism in the Early English Drama, as I find his prose work to be a easier to work with than his poetry.
Now, that doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't look at or consider his poems, ("Sleeping Out: Full Moon" is a favorite of mine) but when it comes to poems, I would suggest comparing/contrasting two works, perhaps from his eariler and later periods. Then again, a criticism is usually a good way to get yourself thinking about a work. I hope this helps.
Writing a 4 page paper can be quite daunting. The best way to write the paper is to break it down into small bite-sized pieces. The best way to do this is by creating a planning and research sheet. You can do this by dividing a sheet of paper into 4 sections. Label one section “facts”. In this section, you can add things like “He is a famous English essayist and critic”. In the second box, label the section “life and family” . The third section can be labeled famous works and the last section can be labeled time period. If your teacher is not giving you guidance, it might be best to ask her for clarity. You can take her the planning sheet and ask her if you are on the right track. If you are on the right track, then begin your research by adding facts that you find under each section. (Don’t forget the citations! – You can write these on the back of planning sheet). When you start to write your paper, pull out your planning sheet and use the sections to fill in the details of your paper.
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