Love this short unpacking of the lyric essay!
Daily warm up: Make a case for your favorite fruit. Do not turn this into an academic/persuasive essay. Focus on stories or experiences with the fruit as your “case.”
Today’s focus: We’re going to look at three of the main tools of a lyric essay together: motif, riff, and juxtaposition.
- motif – a recurring image, object, or idea that often points to a symbol or a theme.
FOR EXAMPLE: In “The Scarlet Ibis,” a short story most of you read as 9th graders, the scarlet ibis is a bird, and an important symbol in the story. But if there were several different birds (robins, blue jays, geese), and even lots of words that had to do with birds in the story (bird, hover, fly, soar, peck), then it would be a MOTIF.
- riff – a short combination of notes that you might come back to again and again in a…
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