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Topic: Robert Browning’s “The Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister”

Robert Browning’s “The Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister” is a fine example of the speaker revealing a great deal of information about himself. Analyze the poem and explore what the speaker unknowingly reveals. Finally explore any similarities between the poem and Browning’s “My Last Duchess.“


3-4 pages, typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman Font size 12, with MLA Header in the upper left hand corner of page one. Must include a works cited page with correct MLA citations. You do not need to use any outside sources in essay two.



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20 pts Engaging opening introduces the essay’s general topic and inspires thinking about that topic; logically proceeds to thesis; thesis is an easily identifiable, well-phrased argument that assesses the text and film and addresses a specific idea to be analyzed and proven in the essay; the idea reflects sound critical, analytical thinking; title and author of work are appropriately referenced.
20 pts. Each topic sentence clearly connects to the thesis and offers an identifiable, well-phrased idea to be proven in the paragraph; concrete details are well-chosen and incorporated; paragraphs are well-organized to create a coherent, carefully developed and supported argument; transitions between ideas are logical and each idea builds on the preceding; writer maintains focus and control of argument so that the point of each paragraph is always clear.

20 pts Writing reflects a critical, analytical understanding of the text and film; through clear reasoning, writer draws sophisticated, insightful inferences from concrete details to support the connected ideas of the TS and thesis; inferences are developed so that all claims and points made are well-supported and persuasive; analysis focuses on both thematic and stylistic elements of both mediums, demonstrating writer’s ability to interpret the function of literary and cinematic devices in the service of thematic meaning; appropriate balance of quotes & writer’s analysis.
20 pts. Writing is academic in tone, demonstrating a clear sense of purpose and audience; writer’s voice is evident — confident and sophisticated; vocabulary and phrasing are academically appropriate, persuasive, and sophisticated without being pretentious
10 pts – There are minimal errors in grammar, mechanics, or punctuation.

5 pts – The MLA format is used correctly both for in-text citations and the Works Cited / Reference page.
5 pts – There are few if any typos, misspelling s, or left-out/unnecessary words.

15 pts Generally engaging opening; areas to be strengthened may include: presentation of general topic; development of transition between general opening and specific thesis statement; thesis statement is phrased as an argument but may be strengthened through clarification of the main idea being offered

15 pts. Each topic sentence generally connects to the thesis but in one or more TS the main idea may need to be clarified; concrete details are generally well-chosen though some may be irrelevant or insufficient as evidence to effectively support the thesis and/or TS; paragraphs are generally well-organized, although some transitions may be awkward and there may be gaps in the development of ideas; the point of a paragraph may not always be clear
15 pts Writing generally reflects a critical, analytical understanding of the text but is uneven; inferences demonstrate interpretive ability but could be developed further to better explain significance of detail and support thesis and/or TS; some claims may be vague, generalized, or lacking in support; analysis could be stronger through focus on stylistic elements that create thematic meaning; some imbalance of quotes


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