Close reading for imagery

I would like to see evidence of some serious thought and work on this assignment. In your second writing exercise, you will again practice close reading a small excerpt from one of the texts we’ve covered in class so far, although you will focus on a different genre and a different formal feature. The steps you complete in this exercise will be the stepping stones to completing Paper #1. For this particular exercise, you will be close reading for imagery either in Anne Bradstreet’s “The Author to Her Book” or Phyllis Wheatley’s “To Maecenas.” The excerpts from each poem are below. Bradstreet, “The Author to Her Book” At thy return my blushing was not small,My rambling brat (in print) should mother call,I cast thee by as one unfit for light,Thy Visage was so irksome in my sight;Yet being mine own, at length affection wouldThy blemishes amend, if so I could:I wash’d thy face, but more defects I saw,And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.I stretched thy joynts to make thee even feet,Yet still thou run’st more hobling then is meet;In better dress to trim thee was my mind,But nought save home-spun Cloth, i’ th’ house I find. Wheatley, “To Maecenas” Great Maro’s strain in heav’nly numbers flows,The Nine inspire, and all the bosom glows.O could I rival thine and Virgil’s page,Or claim the Muses with the Mantuan Sage;Soon the same beauties should my mind adorn,        25And the same ardors in my soul should burn:Then should my song in bolder notes arise,And all my numbers pleasingly surprize;But here I sit, and mourn a grov’ling mind,That fain would mount, and ride upon the wind.        30   Not you, my friend, these plaintive strains become,Not you, whose bosom is the Muses home;When they from tow’ring Helicon retire,They fan in you the bright immortal fire,But I less happy, cannot raise the song,        35The fault’ring music dies upon my tongue.What does the passage say? Copy and paste the passage onto a separate Word document that you will be submitting. Make a list of all the words and allusions[1] in the poem that are unfamiliar/seem important to you. Look up the words in the dictionary. Use Wikipedia to help you with the allusions if need be. Make sure that you understand the meaning of this excerpt and how it fits in with the rest of the poem. Think about the larger theme of the poem and/or what the poet is attempting to convey to her audience.How does the passage make meaning? List the poem’s key images (along with any adjectives or qualifying words) in the order in which they appear. Remember that images can draw on all five senses—not just the visual. Go through your list. What emotions or attitudes are suggested by each image? Explain for each image. What is suggested by the movement from one image to the next? Does the mood of the imagery change from start to finish?Discuss how the imagery in this passage helps you understand something new about the text or its author; about the theme? How does the imagery contribute to the poet’s expression of the theme? Be specific.Think about moving this in the direction of an interpretive thesis: will you be able to offer one central claim that ties your observations and interpretations together? How will you, as a unique individual reader, bring something original to the discussion of these two works? Specific Requirements:Write 500-700 Words(include word count at the end of the document). The copy of the excerpt does not count toward this.Make sure that you are organizing your ideas into well-structured paragraphs. You do not need an introduction or a conclusion as you would in a formal paper. Your exercise should not be a list that simply answers the above questions.Use MLA formatting for the entire document, including headings, page numbers, in-text quotations, and a list of works cited. See the MLA guide or Purdue OWLfor assistance, or ask me if you need help.Include specific textual evidence (quotations), properly cited, to support your discussion and observations.