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The Poet: Level 1

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100 Level - No experience necessary

The What: 

Reading OPP (Other People's Poetry) is a great habit when trying to become a better poet. You can learn poetic forms, how to use certain poetic techniques, and explore all of the ways a subject can be written about. The more you read the more you know, and the more you know the better your poetry will be.  

The Challenge: 

1. Select 2 poems from the list provided under "Challenge Resources" or from the videos  below, or choose a poem you know.

2. Share your detailed thoughts on the poems. You can use some of the these prompts to get you started:

a. What do you think the poems are about? What lines or phrases in the poems make you think this?

b. What do the poems make you think or feel? Why?

c. How do you think others might interpret the poems? Why?

d. How do the poet(s) describe people, scenes, objects, emotions, etc. in the poems? Site specific lines or phrases.

e. What poetic techniques are being used in the poems? (i.e.repetition, rhyme, metaphor, simile, etc.)


Submit your detailed thoughts on the poems you read as a blog entry. 

**Already have a piece of writing where you've analyzed a poem? Just submit that!**

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An Assessor Will:
  • Review your submission
  • Provide feedback within 2-3 days
  • Accept your submission or ask you to make changes
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