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Finding the Main Idea in Poetry

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on 6 October 2015

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Transcript of Finding the Main Idea in Poetry

Wild Goose
November Day
Old haggard wind has
plucked the trees
Like pheasants, held
between her knees.
In rows she hangs them,
bare and neat,
Their brilliant plumage at
her feet.
-Eleanor Averitt
November Day
2. Think about the subject of the poem
Who or what is the subject of the poem?

Is it about a person, place, or thing?
4. Describe the action in the poem.
What's happening? What do you visualize?
1. Look at the Title
Most of the time, the title will give you a good idea of what the poem is about.

A good title previews the poem for the reader.
Finding the Main Idea in Poetry
3. Think about words and phrases from the poem.
What words or phrases tell you about the subject?
5. Find the Main Idea
Use all of the clues to decide on one or two sentences that summarize what the poem is about.
Old haggard wind has
plucked the trees
Like pheasants, held
between her knees.
In rows she hangs them, b
He climbs the wind above
green clouds of pine,
Honking to hail the
gathering migration.
And, arching toward the
south, pulls to align
His flight in the great
spearhead formation.

He'll find a bayou land of
hidden pools,
And bask amid lush fern
and water lily
Far from the frozen world
of earth-bound fools
Who, shivering, maintain
that geese are silly.
-Curtis Heath
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