The paper was absolute garbage. I was supposed to write about the link between music and poetry. The paper changed while I was editing it, to the point that it no longer even really talked about the original topic. So I let my ego take over. I wrote an introduction to the paper which explained why the I didn't answer the question, and then dared the teacher to fail me for it. This, I feel, is my greatest achievement, and greatest failure in my college experience so far. Enjoy.
This paper contains no in-text citations, save for the introductory sentence. Why, you might ask, has this student so blatantly ignored the grading criteria in favor of his own pursuits? How does he so boldly dare to undermine the educational system at large, expecting to get away with it with a passing grade? Both of these are apt and astute questions that I will answer in the order which they were asked.
This paper was originally fully in line with the question asked. The topic was fully, if not overly, researched, citations and contexts planned out since the initial turning-in of the rough draft, and the paper at large was planned out as an evolution of the original draft. Then something happened. I was scanning the paper, making spot-corrections according to your notes, and came across a single sentence. I removed one word and changed the placement of a single punctuation mark, I think it was a semicolon, and it completely changed the meaning and nature of the sentence. As I continued to read, I realized that one sentence had changed the very culture of the paper, rendering all of my research and quotations useless. The paper had become not only a mere analysis of the inextricable link between poetry and music, but a discourse on the felling of poetry in favor of music, and then the downfall of music. As such, it became an analysis, if a simple one, of my own generation, and the impact they are having on the divine art of Wordsmithing. This paper contains no outside sources because it stands as its own original discourse on a topic which I have been unable to find any credible sources aside from my own philosophical projections on my peers. The paper, in its “Final Draft” form, leaves much of the content described above implied instead of outright discussed, for reasons I am unprepared to discuss. For the apparent disregard for this paper and the educational system at large, I offer my deepest apologies.
The second question requires less answering, but is still quite a worthy inquiry. Simply stated, I “boldly dare” to explore philosophical questions often, often expecting that I will receive an inferior grade for deviating from the grading rubric. In exploring a topic not necessarily available as an option, in a manner not in accordance with the intent of the assignment, I have expanded my thinking beyond the range I expect from my peers’ papers, and as such feel personally enriched. Because of this intellectual enrichment, I feel like I have personally benefitted from the drafting of this paper, instead of simply developing discourse in a Pavlovian fashion. If this personal and philosophical enrichment merits a lowered grade evaluation, then I am willing to accept that consequence.
I received a B+ on the paper.