Poetry: Sample Writing: Audio Annotations

The following sample essay develops the observations about Aphra Behn’s “On Her Loving Two Equally” in this chapter, demonstrating how you can turn notes about a poem into a coherent, well-structured essay. As this essay also shows, however, you will often discover new ways of looking at a poem (or any literary text) in the very process of writing about it.

The writer begins by considering why she is drawn to the poem, even though it does not express her ideal of love. She then uses her personal response to the poem as a starting point for analyzing it in greater depth.

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