Style of the Poem Into what category does the poem fit — for example, Carl Sandburg's imagism in "Fog" or Gwendolyn Brooks' epic "The Anniad"? Readers should apply definitions of the many categories to determine which describes the poem's length and style: • Is it an epic, a long poem about a great person or national hero? • Is it a lyric, a short, musical verse? • Is it a narrative, a poem that tells a story? • Is it a haiku, an intense, lyrical three-line verse of seventeen syllables? • Is it confessional? For example, does it examine personal memories and experiences? Title of the Poem • Is the title's meaning obvious? For example, does it mention a single setting and action, such as W. S. Merwin's "The Drunk in the Furnace" or James A. Wright's "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio"? • Does it imply multiple possibilities? For example, Jean Toomer's "Georgia Dusk,"
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