For Essay 1, you need to describe and analyze a photograph or a painting in an essay of at least 800 words (about two and a half double-spaced pages). You can assume that your readers have seen the photograph or painting that is the subject of your essay. They are familiar with the photograph or painting but have not studied it as you have. Your job is to help readers understand and appreciate the photograph or painting. Your paper should describe the work vividly and draw conclusions about the meaning that the work seems to convey.
The word derives from the French infinitive , "to try" or "to attempt". In English first meant "a trial" or "an attempt", and this is still an alternative meaning. The Frenchman (1533–1592) was the first author to describe his work as essays; he used the term to characterize these as "attempts" to put his thoughts into writing, and his essays grew out of his . Inspired in particular by the works of , a translation of whose () into French had just been published by , Montaigne began to compose his essays in 1572; the first edition, entitled , was published in two volumes in 1580. For the rest of his life, he continued revising previously published essays and composing new ones. 's , published in book form in 1597, 1612, and 1625, were the first works in English that described themselves as . first used the word in English in 1609, according to the .
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