Reply To: Teaching the JOY in poetry?

  • Renee

    October 16, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    When you say analysis does this include teaching close reading skills/annotation? Close reading helps the students understand the poem as well as analyze it. It helps to engage the students in asking questions about the poem or text (Why did the author use this specific word? How does the rhyme scheme or metric line used contribute to the poem’s meaning? What words or phrases are repeated? Why? etc.). For example, leading students in a Socratic way to recognizing that the metric line used in Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” mimics a horse’s trot, brings both understanding of the poem’s artistry as well as a sense that there is more going on in the poem than what is there at first glance. Once students can learn to see in this way, they can transfer these skills to any poem and to books later on. Unless you have tried this already, it seems it is along the lines of what you are looking for.