How to Read a Poem

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How do you figure out what a poem means? Show young readers that, rather than turning to search engines, they can answer a series of questions to find meaning in a poem. The approach detailed in a one-page worksheet will work with any poem and is appropriate for middle and high school learners. A list of poetry-related literary terms is also included.

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Pros

  • Presents a clear, step-by-step approach to poetry analysis
  • Includes a list of related terms
Cons

  • No specific examples included
  • Instructor would need to provide an annotated poem, or model the procedure as guided practice, before asking groups or individuals to try the approach