Poetry can be difficult for the contemporary reader, but with exposure to poetry, patience, and some practice reading poetry, it becomes easier. Itâ€™s always important to remember that every poem has a meaning and the poet intends for you to understand that meaning.
Go to the Poetry Foundation website: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/ (Links to an external site.)Â
Use the search tool to find a poem that connects up with something that interests you. You can choose anything you like: colors, animals, sports, cultural ideas or ethical values – use your imagination. Your term is likely to bring up a number of hits. This might take some time and exploration, but by plugging in keywords that are meaningful to you, youâ€™re bound to be led somewhere interesting, even if unexpected. Once you find a poem that suits you, read it. If there are any words you donâ€™t know, be sure to look them up. After youâ€™re sure you know all of the words, think about what you think the poem means. Next, read it again, and consider again what you think the poem is saying. Every poem is meant to be read multiple times, and usually this is the only way to truly understand any poem.
Post the poem, or a link to the poem, on your blog, and along with this, write a short commentary on the poem. This commentary should include a short synopsis where you â€œtranslateâ€ the poem into everyday speech, explaining what itâ€™s about. Along the way, give some sense of what makes it aesthetic, and as you do, explain the poem by using at least three appropriate terms from the â€œTerms to Rememberâ€ list from the moduleâ€™s lecture presentation. Be attentive and describe the poem accurately. Does your poem have a central image? Does it use metaphors, or symbols? If so, be sure and list these as you discuss. Does your poem involve consonance? Does it have a specific speaker? Be sure and cite specific elements of the poem in your response.