Vividly describe a new experience of Abrahamic love and then evaluate it based upon insights gained from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Again, we delve into participant observation as the practice of learning from a culture through taking part in its activities and making conclusions about the culture based upon that experience. Your assignment is to partake in popular US culture or US subcultures by utilizing The Prophet’s poetic teachings to structure and analyze your future experiences. Pick an instance in the coming days in which you will experience and observe any of The Prophet topics such as work, clothes, and religion around you. Let one Prophet poem lead you to newly experience nature. In a page, relate the experience in vivid detailed writing full of senses, similes or metaphors. In the spirit of poetry’s sensual nature, relate experience and do not evaluate or analyze the experience until the second page. In the second page, inform your experience with a comparative analysis of your experience with that of any one of Gibran’s poems from class, e.g. compare and contrast what you found with what Gibran suggests about the category (work, clothes, religion, etc.) of your experience. Be sure to compare religious/philosophical ideas in one paragraph on page two and contrast in the next paragraph. Also reference your story from page one as you explain what your experience taught you on page two. For example, Gibran suggests that we work as if creating for our most beloved. Try working with love for a minute, an hour, or a day. Did you learn the same thing? Again, you must both compare and contrast to get full credit as explained in the grading rubric. Please keep the following in mind as you construct your essay:
- Organization: The first page is a descriptive, non-evaluative account of your experience while the second is a scholarly analysis of that experience. You’ll need two topic sentences (one for comparison and one for contrast) in the second page paragraphs only.
- Content: emphasize five senses, metaphors, and similes on page one. Both compare and contrast your religious/philosophical life page one experience with that offered by Gibran on page two. Analyze your page one experience on page two.
- Citations: You must use at least two “short quotes” with page references (p.1, 2, etc.) from Gibran page two. For full credit, quote exact words and explain the quote’s meaning. List the work cited in a bibliography on the page two. No cover sheet is necessary.
- Grammar and Style: Correct grammar, an evolved personal “I” voice, lots of sensory details, and variety in sentence structure and subject will improve your overall writing style.