Poetry Essay Assignment

Essay Assignment – Needed by FEBRUARY 25th

700 to 900 words, roughly 2 to 3 pages


Though arguing for dramatically different things, both of the speakers in Donne’s poems “The Flea” and “[Death, be not proud]” make arguments with assertive rhetorical developments that are surprising at points. Write an essay that compares the speakers in each poem, and be sure to address both the rhetorical strategies that each uses, as well as the tone that each poem assumes.

No sources are required except quoting from the poems

No works cited page necessary

Use MLA style in your quoting and paraphrasing.

Have a workable thesis statement

The format is Times New Roman, Double-space, 12 pt. font type.

Graded on the following:

Answering the question satisfactorily

Good use of grammar, syntax, and punctuation

Organization (topic sentences and logical format to the essay)

Thesis statement

Links to poems:



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