Tutor profile: Clare T.
I have no idea how to write a thesis statement; how do I do that?
Depending on what your paper is about, writing a thesis statement helps create clarity and purpose to your work. If I asked you what you think about the subject, and you said, "I think that," we can take whatever you said afterwards and work with it! It can be a bit nerve-racking to claim something, but writing that thesis is the basis your paper needs.
What is the difference between Elizabethan and Petrarchan sonnets?
Technically, the Elizabethan sonnet came from the Petrarchan sonnet, but it does have certain differences, hence the distinction in name. Petrarchan sonnets contain an octave (8 lines) and a sestet (6 lines) following that. These poems usually depict melodramatic scenes and begin on the premise of unrequited love. Elizabethan sonnets contain three quatrains (four lines each) and a couplet (2 lines). In many ways, Elizabethan sonnets tend to make fun of Petrarchan sonnets with melodramatic references, but they still retain the romantic nature.
When do I use a semicolon in a sentence?
You can use a semicolon when separating two independent clauses (each containing a subject and a verb). For example: Cats are meddlesome creatures; they like to knock vases on the ground. In this case, "cats" is the subject and "are" is the verb in the first part; "they" is the subject and "like" is the verb in the second part.
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