Do Not Brainstorm Gently into That SAT Essay


It's Valentine's Day, so that means you are probably eating chocolates out of a heart-shaped box.

Here's a love poem from the SAT:

Do not Brainstorm Gently into That SAT Essay*

Do not brainstorm gently into that SAT essay,

All essays should excite at conclusion;

Think, think about sophisticated examples.

Though some people think hypotheticals are great,

They are not and lack true meaning for arguments.

Do no brainstorm gently into that SAT essay.

Good students, choose literature, history,

and important famous people as your support.

Think, think about sophisticated examples.

Most questions are similar, so have several

examples to possible use, but narrow to two.

Do not brainstorm gently into that SAT Essay.

Great students, near testing, who see the 12s

will use concrete evidence as support.

Think, think about sophisticated examples.

And you, my reader, brainstorm and plan

within five minutes, and write for the rest.

Do not brainstorm gently into that SAT essay.

Think, think about sophisticated examples.

Let me guess. You didn't eat any of the coconut chocolates?

* This poem is a variation of Dylan Thomas' poem "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night", which he wrote after taking the very first SAT (okay, not true).

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