Our focus on poetry

We began the class looking at the tone of Papa’s Waltz by

Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes

The speaker

Monologue for an Onion by Suji Kwock Kim

Speaker – onion

Luke Havergal by Edwin Arlington Robinson

We discussed the speaker

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

Tips for reading poems

  1. Read the poem aloud twice
  2. Always begin with the title
  3. Separate the speaker from the poet
  4. TPCASTT for annotation
    • Title
    • Paraphrase
    • Connotation
    • Attitudes
    • Shifts
    • Title again
    • Theme
  5. Start with the literal meaning
  6. FOCUS the essay on the tone or meaning of the poem
  7. Write original poetry
  8. mix study of meter and rhyme with study of diction, imagery and tone
  9. use multiple choice passages as practice and as graded tests
  10. assign timed writing, old AP questions as practice and as graded tests
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