POETS POETS is a simple technique to help you grasp the simple meaning of a poem. P O E T S Preview and Predict: Look at the title and make a guess as to what the topic of the poem might be. Annotate this next to the title. Number the lines and stanzas (paragraphs) of the poem. Read the poem (out loud if possible) 2-3 times. Your goal isn’t to figure out what every line means, but to get a feel for what is going on in the poem - the “big picture.” Object and Occasion: What topic(s) is being discussed in the poem? An emotion? Event? Person? Object? Something else? Write the topic above the title. What prompted the author to write about this topic (occasion)? Write this next to the title. Emotion of the poem: How does the author feel towards the object? Is it one emotion or many? What mood or atmosphere does the author create? Sad? Happy? Creepy? Circle emotion words and other evidence of the narrator’s emotions and the overall mood then write each new emotion felt to the side of the stanza. Theme: What does the author seem to be saying about the object? What lesson or insight are they trying to share with the reader? Write your theory or theories as to the theme somewhere on your paper. Speaker and Summary: Who is speaking in the poem and what can we learn about them? Look at the poem for hints as to who this person might be and their interests, desires, and beliefs. Record your observations at the bottom of the poem. Paraphrase the poem by writing a simple explanation next to each stanza. Keep it simple!