Poem (The Vacuum)
Poem (The Vacuum)
I) a captivating introduction paragraph that clearly states the essay’s main idea in a thesis statement and mentions the author’s name and the title of the work;
II) several unified, focused, and coherent body paragraphs that develop and support the thesis statement with plenty of specific quotes, examples, and details from the text and with insightful analysis and critical thinking;
III) a thoughtful and insightful conclusion that restates the thesis and gives the paper a sense of completion.
The essay should follow the guidelines and rules for writing a standard college essay. Papers should be revised and edited, and they should adhere to the standards of MLA style. Any references to the poem should be cited using MLA format, and the poem and textbook should be cited using MLA format on a works cited page at the end of the paper.
Essays should be typed in MLA Format.
Essays should be 750-1000 words (approximately 3-4 pages) in length. Papers that do not meet the minimum word length requirement will automatically earn a failing grade.
No secondary sources are required, but if students do use secondary sources, they should make sure the sources are considered scholarly. Points will be deducted from essays that refer to works that are not considered scholarly (Wikipedia, SparkNotes, blogs, Book Rags, et c.).
Any references to the poem or other sources should be cited according to MLA Format within the paper.
Any sources used (including the primary text or the poem you are writing about) should be listed on a Works Cited page according to MLA Format.
The Poem to be used is this:The Vacuum by Howard Nemrov
The house is so quiet now
The vacuum cleaner sulks in the corner closet,
Its bag limp as a stopped lung, its mouth
Grinning into the floor, maybe at my
Slovenly life, my dog-dead youth.
I’ve lived this way long enough,
But when my old woman died her soul
Went into that vacuum cleaner, and I can’t bear
To see the bag swell like a belly, eating the dust
And the woolen mice, and begin to howl
Because there is old filth everywhere
She used to crawl, in the corner and under the stair.
I know now how life is cheap as dirt,
And still the hungry, angry heart
Hangs on and howls, biting at air.
(Please use attached essay outline as a guide for writing the paper)