Discuss specific themes that come out of two poems

Discuss specific themes that come out of two poems: rhyme, tone, lines, etc. Reader-response criticism:  Discuss how two poems made you feel.  What struck you about the poem?

Discuss specific themes that come out of two poems

Discuss specific themes that come out of two poems: rhyme, tone, lines, etc. Reader-response criticism:  Discuss how two poems made you feel.  What struck you about the poem?  Also, what made you happy, sad, despondent, angry or other?  What emotion did the poem invoke in you?

Learning Lab Tips on Critical Analysis — Poetry

What is poetry? How is it analyzed? What are the elements of poetry? Good questions! One good way to get started analyzing poetry is to go straight to the good, old Structure, Sound and Sense by Laurence Perrine, the purple-ish book usually assigned for English classes at MGCCC. Perrine’s table of contents lists the elements of poetry. It divides the elements into chapters–one chapter on imagery, one on metaphor and symbolism, et cetera. It also includes poems in each chapter which represent uses of the poetic elements the chapter discusses.

Read through these chapters–use them as reference tools–for further, more detailed discussion of the elements of poetry. However, the Writing Lab instructors decided it wouldn’t hurt to write up a supplement to Perrine’s book. This supplement will discuss the same information as Structure, Sound and Sense, but it will take up less space. A further advantage is that it will discuss the same ideas in clearer, simpler language. Pleas note that this handout discusses the basics of poetry; there is much more to know about it than there is room to discuss here. 

 

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