Due: Thursday, April 1
Each paper should be 3-4 pages long, double spaced in Times 12 point font with standard spacing and margins, and turned in on paper at the beginning of class on Thursday, January 28. Students should follow MLA guidelines on the formatting of their paper and in their citation methods. Papers will be evaluated according to the following criteria, although +/- grades may be present in order to indicate the relative strength of the work within these general categories.
A: This paper addresses the question in a manner that demonstrates a comprehension of the assignment as well as the social and political contexts discussed in class. The thesis is clear and concise, allowing the argument to develop in a structured manner. Additionally, the paper is original as it provides a unique perspective. All MLA guidelines are correct and there are minimal technical problems.
B: This paper completes the basic requirements of the assignment, follows MLA guidelines, and is generally clear and concise. It does, however, need to improve in one or a few of the following areas: organization, argument development, or mechanics.
C: This paper answers the question of the assignment, but lacks useful citation from the primary text and contains an underdeveloped thesis statement. MLA citations may be incorrect, and/or other technical problems may be present.
D: This paper does not complete the requirements of the assignment.
1. Discuss Seamus Heaney's various depictions of the body of the Graubelle Man. Do you believe this humanizes the corpse or makes it stranger to contemporary viewers?
2. Does Seamus Heaney sympathize with the victim in "Punishment"? If so, where can you see this sentiment? If not, where can you locate ambiguities?
3. Discuss the sexual metaphor implied in "Act of Union" by Seamus Heaney. What country is the male? What country is the female? How is pregnancy an apt metaphor for the Troubles?
4. How is time depicted in "Funeral Rites" by Seamus Heaney? Choose either the Battle of the Boyne or megalithic tombs to trace the implications of their use in the poem.