CLASSROOM ACTIVITY #19
THINKING, TALKING AND WRITING ABOUT POETRY
What is the poem about?
Is the theme developed? Does any change take place in the course of the poem?
Is it narrative? Does it tell a story?
How is the poem structured?
How many stanzas are there?
Is it free verse?
Point of view
From whose point of view do we see things in the poem?
What is the rhyme scheme?
Is there a particular rhythm?
Does the poet make use of particular sounds? Does he/she use alliteration (repetition of sounds)?
Is the choice of vocabulary significant?
Are particular grammatical forms used?
What about punctuation?
What sort of imagery is used? (Metaphors? Similes? Images?)
In general, is the language simple or complex? Why?
What is the tone of the poem? Optimistic? Melancholic? Humorous?
How successful is the poem? Does it work? Did you like it the first time you read it? Do you like it now?