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Dr. Stancliff - English 1101 &1102

Writing about Poetry

Poem by Carol Ann Duffy on poetry How to Read Poetry

  ​Use the guidelines below to learn how to read a poem and understand it.  

  • Read with a pencil or pen

  • Examine the basic subject of the poem

  • Consider the context of the poem

  • Study the form of the poem

  • Look a the word choice of the poem

For information on reading poetry select one or both links below.




PoetrySearch for books in the library

Select the Online Library Catalog tab under Quick Links on the Library Webpage. Your search, whether conducted by a basic search or an advance search, will yield both print books and ebooks on poetry. To access ebooks directly, use GALILEO.

Suggested Subject Terms:

  • Poetry
  • American Poetry
  • British Poetry
  • Epic Poetry
  • Experimental Poetry
  • Poetry, Modern