Sorry I haven't written in awhile guys. I've been busy with my AP exams. I learned this lovely little fact about AP essays. You can write whatever you want and if you cross it out, it won't be graded... he he he... And no, this was not my real essay.
2011 AP® ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION FREE-RESPONSE QUESTIONS
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ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Total time—2 hours
(Suggested time—40 minutes. This question counts as one-third of the total essay section score.)
The following poem is by the contemporary poet Li-Young Lee. Read the poem carefully. Then write a well developed
essay in which you analyze how the poet conveys the complex relationship of the father and the son
through the use of literary devices such as point of view and structure.
Sad is the man who is asked for a story
and can’t come up with one.
His five-year-old son waits in his lap.
Not the same story, Baba. A new one.
The man rubs his chin, scratches his ear.
In a room full of books in a world
of stories, he can recall
not one, and soon, he thinks, the boy
will give up on his father.
Already the man lives far ahead, he sees
the day this boy will go. Don’t go!
Hear the alligator story! The angel story once more!
You love the spider story. You laugh at the spider.
Let me tell it!
But the boy is packing his shirts,
he is looking for his keys. Are you a god,
the man screams, that I sit mute before you?
Am I a god that I should never disappoint?
But the boy is here. Please, Baba, a story?
It is an emotional rather than logical equation,
an earthly rather than heavenly one,
which posits that a boy’s supplications
and a father’s love add up to silence.
Here's the brilliant, well-crafted essay about the poem:
Li-Young Lee's poem "A Story" conveys the complexity of the father-son relationship through the shifting tone and shifting points of view, making the poem more complex, thus mirroring the complexity of the relationship discussed.
Lee also uses shifting tones to further the complexity of the poem and illustrate the complexity in the relationship between father and son.
I'm a little teapot. The first stanza is sad. Short and stout. The second is loving, with a cute, little kid asking his Baba to tell "not the same story," but "a new one." The fourth stanza is pleading and anxious, with a father, who feels abandoned, asking his son to not go, begging him to "let me tell it." I'm tired. And thirsty. Is this almost over? Okay buddy or lady, let me just level with you. I put about 0.000000006 effort into this class, so you're lucky that I even know what a stanza is. So, do you think you could just give me an 8 for being honest? Please? I will mail you cookies. Or, you know what, here's a quarter. I hope it's still in there when you get it. They won't let me have access to tape.