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Description of the work (four to six sentences):A. Identify the type of work (architecture, sculpture, painting; prose, poetry; instrumental music, chamber music, orchestral music)B. Describe the size and scale of the work (Size refers to the absolute dimensions of the work. Scale is relative to medium. Thirty square feet would be tiny for a building, but quite large for a painting. A one-hundred-page novel is fairly short, but a one-hundred page poem would be quite long.)C. Describe the work’s formal properties (symmetrical or asymmetrical; highly organized or chaotic; number of divisions, parts, or sections)D. Describe the work’s sensory properties (if a painting, what kinds of colors are used; if a musical work, what kinds of instruments and sounds; if a literary work, what rhyme, meter, tone, etc.)II. Context of the work (four to six sentences):A. Socio-historical context (What was going on in the world in which the artist lived? What important political events, conflicts, or social issues inform the work?)B. Biographical context (What details of the artist’s own life experience helped shape the work? NOTE: Do not engage in lengthy biographical summary—this should be a sentence or two at most.) C. Stylistic context (How was the work influenced by other works? How does it represent or react against an established style or movement? How does it reflect tendencies of its cultural period?)D. Philosophical context (How does the work reflect the worldview and values of its time?)III. Interpretation of the work (four to six sentences):Using the descriptive and contextual information you supplied in sections I and II, interpret the work—discuss its meaning, its impact, its significance.Be sure to discuss how your work relates to the five big themes of the course: Truth and Knowledge; Beauty; The Good; Ultimate Reality; The Self and Its DestinySupport your interpretation with clear references to the work itself.Refer to the “Principles of Interpretation” for guidance (see below).Important: If you are writing about a literary work, DO NOT summarize the plot. Plot summary is not interpretation.Principles of InterpretationAdapted from Terry Barrett, Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary. Mountain View, California: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1994.Interpretations are persuasive arguments.Some interpretations are better than others.There can be different, competing, and contradictory interpretations of the same work.A good interpretation is not “absolutely right,” but reasonable, convincing, enlightening, and informative.The objects of interpretation are works, not artists (and not the feelings of the interpreter).All works are in part about the world in which they emerged.All works are in part about other works.No single interpretation is exhaustive of the meaning of a work.Interpretation is ultimately a communal endeavor, and the community is ultimately self- corrective.You will need to use outside sources to complete this assignment. These sources must be correctly documented; failure to document sources can be regarded as plagiarism, which is a very serious academic offense. If the instructor judges plagiarism to have occurred, the student will receive a grade of zero for academic dishonesty.Choose sources wisely, and use the best sources you can find. Books and scholarly journal articles are usually a better choice than web pages and YouTube videos, for example. Wikipedia should generally be avoided for academic papers. All sources assigned for this class are appropriate for use in the paper.At the end of the paper, on a new page, provide a Works Cited list using MLA style. Typical Works Cited entries are provided below