One way to begin writing is to create a focus statement. Always write in present tense. Statement should include the following components:
- Name of poem
- Specify the narrative or situation
- Indicate the tone (attitude) and any shift in the tone
- Contain the meaning, purpose or thematic level
Jean Toomer’s poem, Reapers, illustrates the cycle of life as reapers mechanically clearing a field take the life of a field rat. The narrator introduces us to the reapers as they sharpen their scythes and collect their tools in preparation for a day’s work. The reapers slice through the fields “silently swinging” their scythes…….