-Write an essay that explicates the poem that is, an essay that identifies a theme of the poem and explains how that theme is supported by the language of the poem.

-Identify meanings, symbols, metaphors, sound effects, allusions, or any other aspect of the poem that support your thesis.

-Your draft should be formatted in MLA style and be at least 500 words long. Use MLA-style parenthetical citations where needed. Additionally, for the sake of clarity, do the following:

-Bold your thesis statement
-Italicize your topic sentence in each paragraph

POEM TO USE: “The Death of the Hired Man” by Robert Frost