Dr. Ray Gen
Interpret the poem
below. Use the following guidelines to
help you write:
1. Write a captivating and fascinating
introductory paragraph which initiates your reader to the poem, your
interpretation and your essay. Be
clever, yet academic. This paragraph(s)
should foreshadow your intent and set up your approach to the essay and the
poem. This introduction should also
provide your reader with the necessary background information if needed. (You may wish to include a personal insight
or experience to orient your reader to the topic at hand.)
2. Identify and analyze the message of the
poem. What does the speaker of the poem
convey? Demonstrate the speaker's
meaning. What do you suppose Henley is saying through this poem?
3. Make sure to offer supportive evidence from
the text of the poem. Cite the poem to
support your interpretation. This is the
section in which the argumentation takes place and should be the bulk of the
essay. What specific claims are you
making? Are these claims well argued?
4. Be convincing and
authoritative. Take a firm stance and
argue your position.
Peer Response Guide for
Writing an Interpretive Essay
I. On a separate piece of paper write YOUR name,
date and period on the top right corner.
II. Write "PEER RESPONSE FOR
____________ - Interpretive Essay as the title.
(underline person's name)
III. Using complete
sentences, respond to the writing using the following guide:
1. Does the author offer an effective
introductory paragraph. State the approach the author takes in the
2. Does the title of the essay reflect the
content of the essay? Explain.
3. Is there a enough
background information given?
4. Identify the specific claims/arguments made
by the author?
5. Does the author treat the entire
passage? What is left out that should be
6. Does the author substantiate these claims by
use of the text?
7. Is the author convincing?
8. Note errors in grammar. (gr)
9. Note errors in spelling. (sp)
10. Score the writing with points ranging from 0
to 6 (with 6 being the best score. You
may also use +