N THIS POEM, Oliver connects her argument to the reader’s own life by asking, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?”
YOUR PROMPT IS:
Drawing on the question that this poem raises, please write a complete five-paragraph essay in which you explore three things you can do in your life to have a positive impact on the natural world. You must quote from the poem at least two times in your essay, using MLA format.
This is a five-paragraph essay that is related to the poem “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver.
The essay needs to be about 800 words.
Grading will emphasize the skills as following:
1. solid and complete essay and paragraph structure
2. a clear thesis statement and topic sentences
3. quoting from poetry in MLA format
Also, I will paste the poem here.
â€œThe Summer Dayâ€ by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I donâ€™t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesnâ€™t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?