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  • 1. Explode a Poem
  • 2. WHAT: is the poem about? WHO: is speaking in this poem? HOW: does the poem get its message across? WHY: do you think the poet wrote this poem? WHAT: is YOUR response to the poem?
  • 3. WHAT: is the poem about?
    • Try and sum up the main idea of the poem in one or two sentences.
  • 4. WHO: is speaking in this poem?
    • is the poet speaking in the poem?
    • Is it someone else, real or imagined?
    • Is the poet speaking to you? Are they reflecting? Addressing the world in general?
    • Are there any other voices in the poem?
  • 5. HOW: does the poem get its message across?
    • LOOK
    • What does the poem look like?
    • What is its SHAPE- verse, blocks, across the page, short lines, long lines
    • Why does shape play a part in the message?
    • Why would the poet select the shape?
  • 6. HOW: does the poem get its message across?
    • SOUND
    • Imagery (poetic devices)- what are the main images used? What makes them striking? What specific devices have been used (SPAMROD)?
    • Diction- think carefully about word choice.
    • Mood-think about feelings.
  • 7. WHY: do you think the poet wrote this poem?
    • How does the poet feel about the reader?
    • Are you asked to be involved?
    • Are you meant to learn from the poem?
    • Are you given a message?
    • Is the poet’s message clear?
  • 8. WHAT: is YOUR response to the poem?
    • How did you react to the poem?
    • Did it move you?
    • Does it make you think of the issue more in depth?
    • Feelings?
    • Is the poem effective?