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Poetry Analysis Papers

# Trait Description %
These essays offer a well-focused and persuasive analysis. The textual references are apt and specific. These essays display a
9-8 convincing interpretation of the poem and show significant insight and understanding. Though not without flaws, they demonstrate 100-92
the writer's ability to read poetry perceptively and to write with clarity and sophistication.
These essays offer a reasonable analysis of the poem; but their interpretation of the poem may falter in some particulars. These
essays demonstrate the writers' ability to express ideas clearly, but they do not exhibit the same level of mastery, maturity and/or
7-6 control as the 9 - 8 essays. While these essays have insight and understanding, their analysis is briefer, less incisive, and less well- 91-81
supported than the 9-8 papers.
These essays respond to the assigned task with a plausible reading, but they tend to be superficial or thinly developed in analysis.
Their analysis of HOW the author creates meaning may be vague, formulaic, or inadequately supported. They often rely on plot
5 summary that contains some analysis, implicit or explicit. May demonstrate a rather simplistic understanding of the significance of 80-75
the poem, and support from the poem may be too general. While these students demonstrate adequate control of language, their
essays may be marred with surface errors. These essays are not as well conceived, organized or developed as 7 6.
These lower-half essays reveal an incomplete understanding of the poem and perhaps an insufficient understanding of the prescribed
task as well: they may emphasize literal description without discussing the deeper implications of the poem. The analysis may be
partial, unconvincing, or irrelevant and may reflect an incomplete or oversimplified understanding. These essays may be
4-3 characterized by an unfocused or repetitive presentation of ideas or an accumulation of errors; they may lack control over the 74-60
elements of college-level composition. Evidence from the text may be slight or misconstrued, or the essays may rely on plot
summary only. Essays scored 3 may contain significant misreadings and/or unusually inept writing.
Although these essays make some attempt to respond to the prompt, they compound the weaknesses of the papers in the 4-3 range.
Often they are unacceptably brief or incoherent in presenting their ideas. They may seriously misread the poem. They may be
2-1 poorly written on several counts and contain distracting errors in grammar and mechanics. The students remarks may be presented 59-25
with little clarity, organization, or supporting evidence. Essays scored a 1 contain little coherent discussion of the text.
0 These essays give a response that is completely off-topic or inadequate. 24-0