WHAT TO SAY ABOUT A POEM

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What to Say about a Poem Adapted from Eleanor Butler REALLY CONDENSED VERSION 1. What do you notice about the poem? 2. Walk me through the poem. CONDENSED VERSION 1. What is the literal meaning of the poem (line by line)? 2. What literary techniques/devices are apparent? 3. What are the tone and/or mood of the poem? 4. What is the overall significance or “so what” of the poem? DETAILED VERSION These categories help us organize our discussion about a poem.  You do not need to consider all at once,  just use them as a starting point if you’re stuck. PARAPHRASE Your first step should always be to paraphrase the poem, line by line, putting the poem into your own  words.  This will let you know what the poem is LITERALLY about. TITLE Some poets give their poems specific titles.  Some are obviously related to the poem, some are more  obscure. What is the significance of the poem’s title?  
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