This lesson will help you understand poetry through proper reading techniques. Read the poem twice in a row. Take note of what you notice the second time that wasn't so apparent in your first reading. Don't skip over unfamiliar words. Try to identify a meter, if there is one. Notice point of view. Read the poem one more time, and this time read it aloud.
4. Argue and discuss the meaning of the poem. Your interpretation may be different and that is okay! (To some extent) 5. Determine if the poem has a rhyme scheme or if it’s written in free verse. 6. Figure out the tone of the poem, the way the poet’s voice sounds toward the subject matter. 7. Does the poet use any figures of speech, such as similes and metaphors?
6. Poetry and Music
1. If you have a favorite song, you have a favorite poem. All song lyrics are poems set to music. 2. Rap is a modern form of poetry! 3. Just like songs, poems can mean something different to each person. Song writers and poets want individuals to understand some basic ideas, but differences in meaning are encouraged.