Explicating Poems

Explicating Poems

Explicating Poems explicate - transitive verb \ek-spl-kt\ explication \ek-spl-k-shn\ noun explicator \ek-spl-k-tr\ noun Definition of EXPLICATE 1 : to give a detailed explanation of 2 : to develop the implications of : analyze logically Examples of EXPLICATE an essay explicating a theory Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem's room and feel the walls for a light switch. I want them to waterski across the surface of a poem waving at the author's name on the shore. But all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means. from The Apple that Astonished Paris,1996 University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, Ark. Using SOAPSTONE Speaker a poet or teacher Occasion student or class being taught a poem Audience students or someone trying to understand a poem Purpose to explain how a poem should be read versus how some try to read it Subject poetry explication Tone frustrated or disappointed

Using TP-FASTT Title: Introduction to Poetry introducing how to approach a poem AND introducing this poem Paraphrase: Explaining how a poem should be treated versus how some/many treat one Figurative Devices: asksay shifts to I want but they want shows a disappointment and disagreement between advice and desires and actual actions, whereas hold it to the lightpress an eardrop a mousewatch him probewalkfeel shifts to waterskiwaving shifts to tie to chair with rope and torture and beating it with a hose shows a playfulness/inquisitive nature that should be taken but, instead hostile and abusive tactics are taken.

Using TP-FASTT contd Attitude: frustrated or disappointed or disgusted Shifts: (see figurative devices) Title: seems like welcome to poetry as if a teacher is going to try one more time, despite no one ever listening Theme: If you will treat a poem as if it is full of wonder you will discover its beauty/meaning; dont treat it as a hostile criminal holding back information.

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