Literary Analysis Papers: How to read a poem
Use the guidelines below to learn how to read a poem and understand it. Read with a pencil Read a poem with a pencil in your hand. Mark it up; write in the margins; react to it; get involved with it. Circle important, or striking, or repeated words. Draw lines to connect related ideas. Read through the poem, several times if you can, both silently and aloud. top Examine the basic subject of the poem Consider the title of the poem carefully. Consider the context of the poem Are there any allusions to other literary or historical figures or events? Study the form of the poem Consider the sound and rhythm of the poem. Look at the word choice of the poem One way to see the action in a poem is to list all its verbs. Finishing Up Ask, finally, about the poem, "So what?" For further information you may wish to take the Writing Center class entitled Literary Analysis?
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