Week 3 begins — time to review others’ essays
Week 3 of ModPo 2018 begins! We hope you enjoy the intense, terse imagist poems we offer through the syllabus. I’ll have more to say about these early modernist poems tomorrow. Meantime, be sure that this week’s live webcast is in your calendar: Wednesday, September 26, starting at 10 AM Philadelphia time.
Today we begin to write comments on the essays that our colleagues have posted—in response to essay assignment #1. HERE is a link to the essay assignment. And HERE is where ModPo’ers have posted their essays.
Our goal is that every essay posted will receive at least four substantive reviews/responses.
Even if you did not yourself submit an essay, please consider reviewing at least four others’ essays. The poem being discussed (by Dickinson) is HERE. I’ve also copied it below.
When writing your review, please offer constructive, thoughtful comments. Keep in mind that many writing these essays are composing English sentences as a second or third language. And many are writing such an essay for the first time in decades—or for the first time ever. Be as encouraging as you can!
Try to find essays that have not received reviews yet. Each essay has its own thread. Look at the thread title aqnd see, at right, the number of “replies.” Start with essays that have received “0” replies. I have posted a guide HERE. Anna and I also recorded an audio guide to ModPo peer reviewing for our FAQ page; the audio can be heard HERE.
If it is your intention to receive a ModPo Certificate of Accomplishment, you will need to write at least four reviews of others’ essays for each assignment (at least 16 total). Remind yourself of requirements for the Certificate HERE.
The Soul unto itself 
by Emily Dickinson
The Soul unto itself
Is an imperial friend —
Or the most agonizing Spy —
An Enemy — could send —
Secure against its own —
No treason it can fear —
Itself — its Sovereign — of itself
The Soul should stand in Awe —