Any academic essay must have a thesis statement and a poetry essay is no exception. The main purpose of a poetry essay is not to summarize the poem, but to develop an in-depth idea that makes an argument based upon an analysis of the poem. The thesis statement should contain the essay's main argument about the poem. A poetry essay develops an interpretation about a particular poem. The thesis of the essay will be your statement of interpretation of what a particular poem means.
How to Write a Thesis for a Poetry Analysis Paper
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Lamarque phil. ABSTRACT: The paper discusses three theses in relation to poetry: 1 the Inadequacy Thesis: language is inadequate to capture, portray, do justice to, the quality and intensity of the inner life; 2 the Empathy Thesis: descriptions of certain kinds of experiences can only be adequately understood by a person who has had similar experiences; 3 the Poetic Thesis, which has two parts: a only through poetry can we hope to overcome the problem of the Inadequacy Thesis and b the difficulty of some poetry is at least partly explained by the Empathy Thesis. The paper argues that there are important truths underlying each thesis but that it would be wrong to connect this kernel of truth with a Lockean view of language, and in particular with a view of language as 'private', in the sense implied by Locke and criticized by Wittgenstein. The romantic conception of poetry, to which the theses are related, neither relies on the Lockean view nor does it succumb to the Wittgensteinian view.
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Published on January 11, by Shona McCombes. Revised on October 15, A thesis statement is a sentence that sums up the central point of your paper or essay. It usually comes near the end of your introduction. But the thesis statement should always clearly state the main idea you want to get across.
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