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Over the semester, you have explored the concept of “community” as it is represe
Over the semester, you have explored the concept of “community” as it is represented in research, on film, and in the minds of those who live, work, and go to school in the cities, towns, neighborhoods, and sub-groups in the Volusia-Flagler area. For this assignment, you are challenged to expand your view and represent your entire generation and its place(s) in the community of your choice—as well as the problem(s) that plague it (such as homelessness, poverty, drug abuse, apathy, racism, etc.)—in an epic (very long) poem in free verse, a la Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. In addition, the poem should be followed by an analysis that explains in detail your original poem: What is there? How is it presented? WHY is it presented that way? Your poem should be inspired by (but does not necessarily have to “match,” exactly, line by line) Howl, which is considered the symbol of The Beat generation / members of the Counterculture Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The only requirement here is that your first line must begin with “I saw the best minds of my generation . . .” The rest is up to you, but you should not use rhyme in this poem. Think imagery. Think local color. Think word choice. Think allusion. Think you and your “peeps.” The last two pages of the paper should be an analysis that explains “what you were going for” in your poem and WHY you decided to present it the way you did. For instance, although Ginsberg provides hints, he never explains in the poem who Carl Solomon is. If Ginsberg were in our class, he would be required to explain who Carl Solomon was and WHY he dedicated his text to him, as well as WHY he chose to feature an ancient Canaanite god in the middle of post-World- War-II America. In your explanation / analysis, you should refer to the research you have conducted and the texts we have covered this semester—and even this year—in Quanta. For example, several of you have noted how Nietzsche, Ayad Akhtar, etc. inspired you to think of yourself (and now, perhaps, your generation) in a new way. If so, quote and cite these writers in APA format, which means you must include a References page at the end of your paper. Unlike in MLA, APA requires you to list those references that influenced or informed your choices—even though you may not have actually quoted them, directly, in your paper. Your analysis should talk about your sources, too, and WHY / how they helped you craft your poem.

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