Your only homework is to critique for the lyric essay workshop. Time permitting, we will also have an in-class writing assignment, but you do not need to do any advance reading for it. The rest of the lyric essay manuscripts (Felicia, Brantlee, Alison, Maddy, Amaya) are due in class for distribution.
Lyric Essay Workshop for Kim, Ana Stina, Salem, Chantelle
Please use the following criteria to provide written critique: one for each writer; one for Julia. As always, you can use the criteria as a worksheet or you can write a more organic response that acknowledges the requested elements.
Lyric Essay Critique Criteria (download hard copy here)
- What observations can you provide regarding the structural choices of this piece. Is it flash nonfiction? Is it a prose poem? A hermit crab essay? And in what ways does the structure serve the piece? How might the scaffold be strengthened (or even changed) to greater enhance the piece? For example, for flash pieces, do they contain the compression and urgency often associated with the form? If a hermit crab essay, does the appropriated form have a relationship with content that creates a transaction we can discuss?
- Please discuss the poetic/lyric elements of the piece. This may include observations about language, syntax, rhyme scheme etc. Please be as specific as possible in offering observations of how/if poetic elements are present in the piece and how/if they might be used more/differently/less etc.
3. Please discuss the “assaying” elements of the piece. What idea, event, emotions is it “about” and how does it explore its core? How might its central occupations be enhanced or clarified, if necessary? Please discuss at least one question/idea/problem you observe at play in this piece, as well as the associations this piece may make.
4. Please include observations about other CNF techniques at play in this piece, such as: description, character, scene, point of view. Are there elements that are working particularly well? Are there some you believe would strengthen the piece?
5. Provide any other responses to this piece—personal, thematic, cerebral—as you see fit.