Progression 1, Locus of Inquiry
For the first essay, as writers, were exploring the basic relationship between close reading and analytical writing. Howand whydo artists, scholars, and critics rely on description and then move from description to analytical interpretation? To do this work, we will focus on texts that have something to say about the meaning of taste as a social practice. Carefully analyze the text you choose in order to shed light on its embedded ideas about these issues. Use this close reading practice to illuminate, critique or refine the central texts ideas and thus articulate your own evolving idea about the relationship between taste and knowledge.
Essay One, The Writing Prompt:
Deepen your readers understanding about the way a selected poem or short story makes an argument about the relationship between taste and knowledge (of the self, of the culture, of the past, etc.). Draw upon evidence from your chosen text to perform a motivated close reading of the piece you have selected. You may find you need to draw upon other relevant sources to support your analysis, but that is not a requirement of this essay.
As you draft:
Strive to render the selected text fully and fairly, stage the analytical question that drives your inquiry, then artfully integrate evidence from the text in order to support your interpretation and invite your reader to follow your thought process. As suggested above, you may find it necessary to draw on other sources from this progression of readings and exercises in order to deepen your idea. Aim for an effective balance between description, analysis, and interpretation in the service of your argument. (3-4 pages)
Use this poem below to write the paper