Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thesis Statements

Here's the kind of thing I'm looking for on Friday:

In his ode "To Autumn," John Keats offers images of overabundance, which lead to enervation, and stasis. For all its productivity, the speaker suggests, autumn points the way to death. In the final stanza, however, the speaker finds in autumn a particular music. Combining visual and auditory impressions, the poem demonstrates the energy and even life of things as they disappear from sight.


Feras said...

Wouldent that statement be true?WOuld that statement be factual? I just dont understand how I can say something about a poem and have it be argumentative.

Prof. L said...

Actually, most readers believe exactly the opposite. The poem shifts from visual to aural imagery, rather than reconciling anything. And that it ends on a sad note of resignation and loss.

I'm arguing that there's something nearly joyful about the swallows as they twitter away. So, I think my reading is true, yes, but it's certainly not a fact.