Annotation and You

Reading to Write Effectively: Why You Need a Reading Strategy Before Writing Anything

Given all of the reading and writing that we are expected to accomplish as college/university students, it’s important to be as efficient as possible when committing our time to these responsibilities. Three of the most important suggestions for approaching reading and, therefore, writing, efficiently are as follows:

#1 Read with a pen in hand; don’t expect yourself to remember key concepts/ideas

#2 Write while reading because it’s an informal way of “conversing with” the author of the text (i.e. learning about how your writing can contribute something useful to “the conversation” of your resources)

#3 Develop research questions/research key words while reading; most of the time, it’s fairly easy to identify research key words/ create unique research questions while reading actively

How to Analyze Poetry

Poetry is a form of expression. The poet uses his/her own personal and private language which leaves poetry open to different interpretations. Although the poet may have had one specific idea or purpose in mind, the reader’s response may be completely different. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you may interpret poetry any way you wish. All interpretations must be supported by direct reference to the text. As with any type of literary analysis, you need a basic knowledge of  the elements of poetry. The following guide and questions will help you.

  1. Read the poem in its entirety to get a  general impression.
  2. What is the poem about?
  3. What is the title of the poem?
  4. Who is speaker or narrative voice of the poem
  5. To whom is the speaker speaking?
  6. What is the purpose of the poem: to describe, amuse, entertain, narrate, inform, express grief, celebrate or commemorate?
  7. What is the tone of the poem? Sad, happy, melancholy, bitter?

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Reading to Write Effectively. Provided by: WritingCommons. Located at BY-NC-ND: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

How to Analyze Poetry. Authored by: Carol Dwankowski, Catharine Rudd, and Celia Suzanna Sandor. Provided by: NDLA. Located at BY-SA: Attribution-ShareAlike