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					Analyzing Poetry
Mrs. Larson/AP12

To start:
     Read once quickly to get the overall feel.
     Read a second time more closely, making your specific annotations as driven by the steps below.


      1.   Any troubling vocabulary?




      2. What is the dramatic situation?
         Movement?



      3. Who is the speaker? Audience? Is it
         necessary to trace the pronouns?



      4. What is the tone? Does it shift?




      5. Clues in the literature (look for an
         access point):

              diction
              syntax
              poetic device
              structure/form
              imagery
              symbols
              irony
              allusion

      6. Analyze for meaning

            literal vs. figurative
            What is the complexity?
            Is the title insightful?
            Is poet’s life and times insightful?

      7. Create your thesis in direct response
         to the prompt.



      8. Start writing!

            Try to leave a full 30 minutes for
           this. Embrace the ambiguity and use
           the writing to help you discover!

				
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