Aimless Love. Essay

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Aimless Love
This morning as I walked along the lakeshore, I fell in love with a wren and later in the day with a mouse the cat had dropped under the dining room table.   In the shadows of an autumn evening, I fell for a seamstress still at her machine in the tailor’s window, and later for a bowl of broth, steam rising like smoke from a naval battle.   This is the best kind of love, I thought, without recompense, without gifts, or unkind words, without suspicion, or silence on the telephone. The love of a chestnut, The jazz cap and one hand of the wheel.   No lust, no slam of the door – the love of the ...view middle of the document...

>> begins the paragraph >> engages the attention of readers >> short, bold, pithy statement.

examples: Love is everywhere? Love is a dead mouse or a bar of soap? Love love love … say it too much, and the word begins to lose its meaning.
(ie for introductory paragraphs which AGREE that the poet confuses love and wonder)

… essay structure – introductory paragraphs 2. ‘counter argument’ + mini-thesis statement
>> may suggest an antithesis to your argument ‘Some may suggest that … ’ >> provides an opportunity to (1) introduce author by their full name (2) introduce the text (3) make a broad statement of your position

example: Some may say that Billy Collins, in his poem ‘Aimless Love’, that to love aimlessly is ‘the best kind of love’. In this free-verse poem, Collins’ narrator haplessly falls in love with all kinds of appropriate and inappropriate subjects.

… essay structure – introductory paragraphs 3. ‘background information’

>> gives a broad picture (or a brief summary) of the text you are critiquing >> usually one or two sentences

example: The poet also implies that there is another kind of love, not aimless, which involves a range of negative feelings – including unkind words, suspicion, and rancor. But these emotions are part of any normal adult relationship.

… essay structure – introductory paragraphs 4. ‘thesis statement’

>> announces your position in relation to the research question >> is extended by each topic sentence, and returned to in your conclusion

example: It remains impractical to be as aimlessly in love with the world as the narrator is in this poem.

… essay structure – introductory paragraphs >> research question: In ‘Aimless love’, Billy Collins confuses loving with wondering.

Love is a dead mouse or a bar of soap? Some may agree with poet Billy Collins, that to love aimlessly is ‘the best kind of love’. In this free-verse poem, Collins’ narrator haplessly falls in love with all kinds of appropriate and inappropriate subjects. The poet also implies that there is another kind of love, not aimless, which involves a range of negative feelings – including unkind words, suspicion, and rancor. But these emotions are part of any normal adult relationship, and it remains impractical to be as aimlessly in love with the world as the narrator is in this poem. (ie I am AGREEING with the research question)

… essay structure –

introductory paragraphs
– – – – hook counter-argument biographical/ textual details thesis statement: what claim are you making?

body paragraphs
– – – – one idea, introduced by the topic sentence topic sentences extend the logic of your thesis statement always include evidential (textual) support always use transitional language to logically link paragraphs

concluding paragraphs
– rephrased counter-argument – rephrased thesis statement – compressed topic sentences –...

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