- What shapes do the poems have on the page?
- Read and look over the poems with a pen in your hand ready to annotate. Read the first poem carefully as it will guide your selection
- Are there any discourse markers which suggest structures?
- What are the titles? Do they give any information?
- You are often told the general theme. What different or similar aspects of the theme do poets explore?
- Do the poems remind you of each other or contrast their views or style?
- When you read the poems are you aware of an emotional response?
- Are there any parts of the poems you find difficult to understand?
- What do the poems explore and why were they written? [occasion]
- Can you tease out the significance of particular words or images? Or do you notice any patterns in the use of words or images?
- In what other ways have the writers used techniques to influence the reader? Are those techniques similar or different?
- Consider formal qualities, how they contribute to the poem’s effects on the reader. How do regular patterns, line breaks, use of rhymes both internal and end rhymes help convey meaning?
13. Look at how the poem begins and ends. Are there any changes in mood or tone as the poem moves along? Often endings build on language and images from the
rest of the poem and develop attitudes established earlier in the poem.
- Overall, how and in what ways have the writers affected your response?
15. Although the poems explore the same themes how are they contributing different ways of seeing?