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Steps to Explicating a Poem

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Steps to Explicating a Poem 1. Read the poem aloud at least three times. 2. Note initial reactions. What does the poem make you think about? What does the poem remind you of? What pictures entered your mind while reading? What feelings do you get from those pictures? What ideas or issues does the poet bring up? How does the poem make you feel? What connections can you make to the poem? 3. Define any words you don’t know or allusions you are unfamiliar with. 4. Speaker – What can you tell about the person speaking in this poem? How do you know? What would the speaker have to be reacting to or going through to want to say this? 5. Tone – Describe the attitude of the speaker towards the subject of the poem.
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Unformatted text preview: Pay special attention to word choice, line breaks, punctuation or anything else that might tell you HOW the speaker is feeling about the topic. 6. Theme – The topic of a poem is the subject being addressed, while the THEME is the poet’s point or overall message – what he or she wants you to walk away knowing. 7. Literary Terms – Make note of any figurative language. Think about why the poet is spotlighting this particular part of the poem. Then, consider why the poet chose this specific feature. (Why is he or she comparing things using a metaphor or simile?)...
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