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Poetry Evaluation

Discovering Universal Theme, reading strategies
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Karmen Moore

on 12 October 2012

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Transcript of Poetry Evaluation

including the title and main idea Literal Meaning of a Poem The hidden meaning of the poem makes
up what is most important. It's the
part of the iceberg that you can't always
see immediately. I can apply a strategy to understanding a poem. Cinderella

I guess you think you know this story.
You don't. The real one's much more gory.
The phoney one, the one you know,
Was cooked up years and years ago,
And made to sound all soft and sappy
just to keep the children happy. The tip of the iceberg...
Only 11% is immediately
visible. a.Read it, and read it again. b.Read it out loud. c.Recall what I know about the “type” of poem it is. d.Look for positive and negative words. So how do I find the hidden meaning? I can look for figurative language (it's always important!) UNIVERSAL THEME: Big Ideas, like loyalty, courage, forgiveness, identity, struggle, vengeance, death

Poem's Theme: more specific, includes a "judgement"
Loyalty to your friends is priceless
Courage is overrated.
Forgiveness is essential to happiness.
Vengeance will burn you up in the end. Poetry Evaluation Questions:
1. Does the speaker of the poem use negative or positive words?
2. Does the poem relate to your own life?
3. Does the poem give you a new way to look at a topic?
4. Is there any use of figurative language?
5. Does the speaker learn or change within the poem?
6. What message does the author want you to understand or think about?
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