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...analytical and attentive when reading others’ work. In comparing Paper 1 and Paper 3, I notice a difference in the way I incorporate quotations and information from outside sources. Whether I am arguing for or against a source, I know how to engage with it in a way that benefits my chosen standpoint. I no longer question whether I can successfully construct an academic argument, no matter how many sources I am asked to incorporate or draw from. I do not find myself intimidated by assignments that ask me to investigate another’s ideas or beliefs, and make my own arguments based upon their ideas. Ultimately, I am ending “The Art of the Lyric” with a fresh perspective on poetry, the ability to create clear and concise in argumentative structures, and the confidence I need in order to take risks in my writing and stop questioning my ability to interpret others’ work.
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