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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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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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Response to Lopate’s “The Art of the Personal Essay”

Phillip Lopate’s introduction to “The Art of the Personal Essay” outlines several key facets of this intimate mode of expression. I found the “Honesty, Confession, and Privacy” section to be particularly interesting. These three pillars of the personal essay are … Continue reading

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Which Quality I Want to Explore.

I had a lot of trouble following what Lopate was trying to explain. There was a lot of information that I had to try to digest. I tried highlighting important lines I thought were significant to the points that Lopate … Continue reading

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