Poetry is a compact language that expresses complex feelings

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Poetry is a compact language that expresses complex feelings. To understand the multiple meanings  of a poem, readers must examine its words and phrasing from the perspectives of rhythm, sound,  images, obvious meaning, and implied meaning. Readers then need to organize responses to the  verse into a logical, point-by-point explanation. A good beginning involves asking questions that  apply to most poetry. Context of the Poem Clear answers to the following questions can help establish the context of a poem and form the  foundation of understanding: Who wrote the poem? Does the poet's life suggest any special point of view, such as  a political affiliation, religious sect, career interest, musical talent, family or personal  problems, travel, or handicap — for example, H. D.'s feminism, Amiri Baraka's radicalism, T.  S. Eliot's conversion to Anglicanism, William Carlos Williams' career as a physician, A. R. 
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