Poetry Explanation

1. A kind of writing that demands a different kind of reading ( read slowly and more leisurely)

2. A poem is read for an emotional or thought provoking experience

3. To experience a poem fully is to be aware of its special language and structure.

     a. Poets rely on the suggestive powers of language and choose words for their connotative as well as their

         denotative  values.        

     b. Through imagery, figurative language, and symbols, poets appeal to both the intellect and the senses.

     c. The meaning of a poem is conveyed not only through its words, but also through its sounds.

     d. To intensify meaning, poets choose patterns of sound including rhyme and rhythm

     e. Poets also achieve their effects through special kinds of organization, in structures called stanzas, and in     

         conventional forms such as sonnets and ballads.

4. Read the poem several times and aloud at least once, trying to follow the thought.  You are not expected

     to pause automatically at the end of each line.  Sometimes a complete thought runs over into a new stanza.

     In some lines more than one pause may be indicated.

5. Respond thoughtfully to key words and references.  In poetry a word if often used in an unfamiliar or unusual

    way.  Be alert to connotative meanings.

6. Write a paraphrase of any lines that need clarification or simplification.  A paraphrase helps a reader respond

    more fully to the poem. and to understand imagery and figurative language.  It also puts inverted word order

    into normal word order.

7. Use your own reactions to explore the poet's meaning.  Try to state the central idea or meaning of the poem

    in one or two sentences.

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