Learn how to unlock the meaning of poems and get more out of the poems you read! Here is a linked index to Read Great Literature’s ten posts that explain the process step-by-step.
Step 1: Notice a Poem’s Title
Step 2: Understanding the Author, Era, and Dramatic Situation of a Poem
Step 3: Experiencing Imagery in Poetry
Step 4: Emotional Tone and Concrete v. Abstract Language in Poetry
Step 5: Distinguishing Literal and Figurative Language in Poetry
Step 6: Understanding Metaphors and Figures of Speech in Poems
Step 7: Expect the “Mind Twist,” the Turn in Meaning in Poems
Step 8: Hear the Magnificent Sounds in Poetry
Step 9: Understanding Formal Rhythm and Meter in Poetry
Step 10 (and Step 1, 2, 3 . . !): Just Fall In!
Mary Jane is a longtime literature lover who lived in the Cincinnati area for many years, then in central Louisiana for three years (what a treat!), teaching literature classes at universities in both locations. Now back in the Cincinnati area, she pampers her grandchildren, experiments with cooking, and visits art museums as often as possible.