← poetry guide/steps Export Options Alphabetize Word-Def Delimiter Tab Comma Custom Def-Word Delimiter New Line Semicolon Custom Data Copy and paste the text below. It is read-only. Select All Step #1 Read through it once, underling words or phrases that you don't fully understand Step #2 Look up words you don't understand and try putting those into the poem -- does it make more sense that way? Step #3 For phrases you can't look up, do your best to figure them out based on the context -- bring them to class if they still confuse you Step #4 Try dividing the poem into sentences or complete thoughts. Try writing separate sentences/ thoughts in your notebook and see if if becomes clearer to you. You can even try switching word order if it makes more sense. (Yoda-speak) BY THIS TIME YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT THE BASIC EXPERIENCE OF THE POEM IS. Step #5 You aren't making up any meanings that aren't directly suggested in the poem, are you? You shouldn't have to guess or make things up. Step #6 Now you're ready to discuss the cool poetic language that helps make a poem a poem. (imagery, repetition, symbolism, metaphor, rhyme scheme, etc.) What did the poet do to make the experience of the poem more powerful?