Writing about Poems

Writing about Poems - Writing about Poems Can poetry be...

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Writing about Poems Can poetry be accessible to all readers? What is the nature of poetry? • Poetry is more compressed than prose • It focuses more on connotative, emotional, or associative meanings and conveys meaning more through suggestion, indirection, and the use of metaphor, symbol, and imagery than prose does • Poetic texts suggest certain possibilities, but the reader completes the transaction How significant is a poem to us? • It depends both on the content of the poem and our specific circumstances • We read poems through our experiences • Even more than fiction or drama, poetry encourages creative readings that can be simultaneously tru to the text and to the reader • Develops the ability to empathize with another’s point of view
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Elements of Poetry Persona – the voice we hear in a poem could be the poet’s, but it is better to think of the speaker as a sort of poetic construction ( mask ) for the poet The speaker’s tone or attitude –ironic, sentimental, joyful, morose, ironic etc. Elements of Poetry
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course ENG 1302 taught by Professor Martak.moore during the Spring '11 term at Collins.

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