Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Poem in Question

Michael Cohen and Robert Bourdette, The Poem in Question (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983).

Students first embarking on a study of poetry are often understandably baffled. What seems as if it ought to be a natural process of comprehension and enjoyment becomes one of intimidating difficulties. For such readers, The Poem in Question provides a practical method of inquiry for getting answers about the meaning of a poem. This approach to poetry begins by encouraging students to focus and refine their own questions about a poem by following them with the questions Who? When? Where? What? How? And Why?—questions that work as well for the reader of poetry as for the reporter, historian, or scientist.

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