How to Read a Poem
Ruekbergs Guide to Having a Good Time
1. Relax. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Poems need to be savored. Have some tea.
2. Read it once. Out loud is best. If youre in public, read quietly to yourself. Even just
moving your lips will hel
POETRY REVISION GUIDE
Does the poem have a good core? Is it based on a strong feeling,
unique image, special experience or important value?
Students sometimes get confused about what is a poem and what is not. Some
believe that if they follow a ce
1. Each person needs to have read the pieces in your group ahead of time, so you can prepare your
thoughts ahead of time.
2. The writer whose work is being discussed should read the work to the group, so they
1. State your thesis clearly in the introduction. Tell the reader up front exactly what you plan to prove.
2. Use specific and relevant evidence, combined with your own analysis.
3. Discuss the evidence and show cle
Recipe for Writing
1. Brainstorm: Get all possible ingredients out there. List everything. Strive to fill up three
columns of stuff. Dont edit. Discover. Dare to be irrational. Play.
2. Select: Circle a few (3-4) concepts, images, etc. that c