For this essay, you will write a literary analysis by responding to one of the below prompts. The prompts ask for you to synthesize the assigned texts to create an engaging discussion and formulate a thesis. Students will form interpretive judgments, think critically, and make claims within the essay by providing close analyses and explications of the texts. They will base their claims on evidence drawn primarily from texts and the literary terms/elements from class lectures.
The poems “next to of course god america i” by E.E. Cummings and “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes both share different expectations of how America should function and what America should be. How are these expectations communicated? For example, the use of allusion and tone shape our understanding of these poems. Explore how these devices impact your reading experience. What are the speakers in the poems critiquing about America
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