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Steps on how to read any poem. Useful for analysis. Also includes what to consider before writing a poetry essay. Note taken from tutorial.

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ENGB04H3
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Kortenaar

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Steps to Read a Poem.
1) Read Once for initial Impressions. (Subjective stage)
Why Do I feel this way about the poem?
2) Read Twice for plot/content/meaning/sense.
What, where, when, who, why?
Look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary.
3) Read a Third time for analysis.
How does the poem work?
Quote the poem directly to be specific & give evidence.
Specify where in the poem youre talking about.
Identify & discuss formal aspects of the poem. (How is the poem formed and
structured? How does form reflect content? **)
Look for patterns and look for how they are broken.
*** Content vs. Form & Plot summary vs. Analysis *** Look for patterns and repetitions.
Things to consider before writing a comparison poetry essay.
1) What is the connection of these two poems?
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Steps to Read a Poem. 1) Read Once for initial Impressions. (Subjective stage) Why Do I feel this way about the poem? 2) Read Twice for plotcontentmeaningsense. What, where, when, who, why? Look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary. 3) Read a Third time for analysis. How does the poem work? Quote the poem directly to be specific & give evidence. Specify where in the poem youre talking
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