For this essay I used the poem “The Nail” by C.K Williams
For this essay, you will select one of the texts that we have read up till this point in the class. Your selection must be one THAT YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY USED IN A PREVIOUS ESSAY. Pick out a single literary device or element that is prevalent in your chosen text, then craft your paper around this device or element, demonstrating how your chosen topic affects the interpretation of the texts theme. You need a strong central claim that is clearly presented in your introductory paragraph. It should be a debatable point that you can prove in the body of your paper using textual evidence from the poem or short story.
Remember that your goal in a literary analysis is not to summarize the text or to explain what is obvious, but rather to provide a new insight or a new perspective on the significance of the literary work. In order to achieve this, you will need to interpret each quotation in your essay thoroughly, dissecting the style and meaning of every word. To develop your analysis work through the strategies of close reading outlined in the Writing About Literature section of A Writers Reference.