How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual
                                         Pamela Spiro Wagner




8 April 09   http:/...
How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual
First, forget everything you have learned,
that poetry is difficult,
that it cannot ...
How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual
To read poetry requires only courage
enough to leap from the edge
and trust.
Treat a...
How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual
Poetry demands surrender,
language saying what is true,
doing holy things to the ord...
How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual
When you can name five poets
without including Bob Dylan,
when you exceed your quota...
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of
poetry established by the Academy of ...
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  1. 1. How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual Pamela Spiro Wagner 8 April 09 http://www.poets.org/poemADay.php http://chslib.somsd.k12.nj.us/~chslib/summer%20reading.gif
  2. 2. How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual First, forget everything you have learned, that poetry is difficult, that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you, with your high school equivalency diploma, your steel-tipped boots, or your white-collar misunderstandings. Do not assume meanings hidden from you: the best poems mean what they say and say it. Continued…… http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20592
  3. 3. How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual To read poetry requires only courage enough to leap from the edge and trust. Treat a poem like dirt, humus rich and heavy from the garden. Later it will become the fat tomatoes and golden squash piled high upon your kitchen table. Continued…… http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20592
  4. 4. How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual Poetry demands surrender, language saying what is true, doing holy things to the ordinary. Read just one poem a day. Someday a book of poems may open in your hands like a daffodil offering its cup to the sun. Continued…… http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20592
  5. 5. How to Read a Poem: Beginner's Manual When you can name five poets without including Bob Dylan, when you exceed your quota and don't even notice, close this manual. Congratulations. You can now read poetry. http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20592
  6. 6. National Poetry Month National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media — to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.
  7. 7. THANK YOU Presentation by Neelima http://www.slideshare.net/Neelima.A

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