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Now that you have your poem picked, and the vocabulary to talk about it, it's time to write!
Why does writing about poetry matter? Well, it makes us look more closely at a poem than is possible just reading it. To make an argument about a poem, you need to pick it apart and zero in on tiny details. In going through this process, we can come to appreciate what makes a particular poem tick-- which could make us better poets, or at least just better appreciators of poetry.
Purdue OWL poetry guide-- start here!
If you feel like you have no idea where to start, start here. This Purdue OWL page on writing about poetry will help you figure out what writing about poetry might look like, and even explains why they think it's important. Honestly, maybe start here no matter what, this is well worth a read. In particular, their close reading tutorial has some very good examples of how to begin picking apart a poem.
Purdue OWL MLA
Where does the comma go when I quote something? How do I use semicolons right? The MLA style guide has answers to these questions and more.
NoodleTools is the Uni Library's preferred citation management tool. You may not need to do much citation for this project, but even if you just need help properly citing your poem NoodleTools has your back.
If you haven't used NoodleTools yet as a Uni student, or need a refresher, reach out to the library staff! They'll help you get up and running with this very useful software.
How do I write?
U of I Writer's Workshop
If you want to do a deep dive on thinking about writing processes/practices, the U of I Writer's Workshop has advice on every part of the writing process. From making a stronger thesis statement, to working steadily on a long project, if you have a writing question they probably have an answer.
Purdue OWL Writing Tips for Students
More general, but no less helpful, advice from Purdue OWL.