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Transcript of POETRY ANALYSIS
Identify changes of author's tone as a sneaky snake would from line to line or stanza to stanza
Dramatic shifts, AKA, hilarious to hostile; in love to heartbroken
After reading the poem
How did it change from your initial prediction?
What is the piece of text about?
What does it say about the subject?
How does it relate to general circumstances in overall life?
What "morals" does it teach to one? Does it actually teach at all?
Go stanza by stanza
Paraphrase (AKA write in your own words what it means)
Overall literal meaning of the reading
Look at the poem's title
Using prior knowledge, predict the main idea and argument of the text.
Skim the lines like a zigzag if desired, seek beyond the text's literal meaning
Expand your mind and think outside the box like a joker inside a box would!
Find rhetorical devices in the poem
Imagery, diction, any figurative language
BY MARGARET ATWOOD
This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:
the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even though they see the beached skulls
the song nobody knows
because anyone who has heard it
is dead, and the others can't remember.
Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?
I don't enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical
with these two feathery maniacs,
I don't enjoy singing
this trio, fatal and valuable.
I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.
Come closer. This song
is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique
at last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time.