Monthly Archives: August 2013

Response to Lopate (Not Finished)

Helen Chao. After reading the introduction to Lopate’s The Art of the Personal Essay, which summarizes the qualities of the genre beautifully, I realized something about myself and my writing. In the introduction, Lopate discussed in-depth about honesty as one … Continue reading

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The Personal Essay

Lopate’s introduction explains the qualities of successful personal essay. What most resonates with me is self-knowledge and sincere humbleness. If an author is genuinely humble when writing the personal essay, intimacy–“the hallmark of the personal essay”–is created. No reader wants … Continue reading

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The struggle to find an open and honest voice in personal writing

Lopate’s The Art of the Personal Essay is an expressive and explanatory piece that outlines the principles of informal writing. I feel that it does a very good job fleshing out the details of what will make a personal essay special and … Continue reading

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The Intimate Personal Essay

The personal essay is supposed to be intimate with the reader in a way that sets up a relationship with them. At first this was confusing to me since I’m not sure how to be intimate to a reader through … Continue reading

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Considering Lopate

The personal essay to me, embodies the qualities of what Phillip Lopate would consider to be a good writer. When I write, I tend to use first person quite frequently. I will admit that sometimes I am too honest, even … Continue reading

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Relief in Contradictions

Philip Lopate’s introduction to The Art of the Personal Essay presents sort of a handbook or guide to writing the personal essay that offers a helpful insight for an novice such as I, as well as a sigh of relieve for what I’ve … Continue reading

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Personal Essay Qualities

In my opinion, the most important quality of the personal essay is being real with yourself. When you are real you are with your self, you are better able to connect with other people, which is what the personal essay … Continue reading

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Lopate- Personal essay

Philip Lopate’s “The Art of the Personal Essay” describes several qualities of a good writer. He also mentions that personal essays include intimacy, digression, retention of “I”, contractions and expansions on self, self-discovery, honesty, and contradiction. After reading the introduction, … Continue reading

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Adhara Haque-Personal Essay

In this course I hope to focus on many qualities of the personal essay that will bring out my writing. The first quality that I think is important is intimacy. There needs to be a connection formed between the writer and reader. A … Continue reading

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Lopate

After reading Lopate’s work on the personal essay, this writing style seems much more complex than I had previously imagined. To find an admirable balance between pride of self-distinction and genuine sincerity exists as a complex relationship in which the … Continue reading

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