Critical reading – compare two poets

Please note that an assignment like this comparing 2 poets will take at least 2-3 pages. Better to focus on one poem from each poet and use quotes/lines from the poem to show style, traits of the poet, symbolism, theme, etc. of that poet, then do the same with the other poet.



Read the bio and at least three poems printed for Robert Frost and Marianne Moore. As you read the poems, try to think about what is peculiar to each poet and her/his work. Look at subject matter and form, imagery, symbols, sound of words, and so on.


Using your notes on Robert Frost and Marianne Moore, write a 2-3 page paper discussing similarities and differences among their poems.



You may want to review the supplemental reading on the elements of poetry from last week if you feel that you need more guidance on what to look for when you compare and contrast poets and their work (Ways In, Chapter 4). If you’d like Ways In, Chapter 4, Let me know and I can get it for you. Also, the step by stop Comparison & Contrast Essay instructions included.


The citation is the same for Both documents for Robert Frost and Marianne Moore, see below.


Baym, N. (11/2011). The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume 2, 8th Edition. [VitalSource Bookshelf Online]. Retrieved from


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