In the first short essay (3-4 pages, double-spaced), you will make an argument about one aspect (theme, language, style, etc.) of a poem or poems that we have discussed in class.  For this essay, you need a clear thesis that makes a claim about the poem, supporting arguments, an introduction, conclusion, and body paragraphs.  You also need to cite at least two sources (including the poem itself) using MLA Style, and you must include a Works Cited page.  In essence, your essay should provide a close reading of the poem and make a specific argument about the poem or poems.  If you discuss multiple poems, there must be some common thread.