Final

Before the final exam, you will memorize a poem by Wendell Berry (if you choose a particularly long one, you can select a section of at least 15 lines to commit to memory). During the final, you will write out the poem by hand and reflect on its form in a well-written essay. Begin with a crystal-clear thesis that makes a claim about how some formal aspect of the poem generates meaning. Then develop this thesis with incisive analysis. You should reference at least one of Berry’s novels and at least one of his essays in developing your argument. The essay does not need to be lengthy–aim for around 750 words–but it does need to be sparkling with insight.