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