Interpreting poetry

Understanding and interpreting poetry requires readers to connect and interpret ideas and meaning from both the structure, and the linguistic styles and devices used.

Students need to link information from sentence to sentence or across stanzas, and infer relationships between events and characters or causes and consequences. Poetic literary devices that often contain hidden relationships include similes, metaphors, idioms and personification. Other literary devices, such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, rhyme and rhythm can add to the emotional effects produced in poems.

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