Practical Criticism

Anthologists and editors prepare the way for poetry readers, selecting works that reward close reading and assisting interpretation through annotation. But on the Internet we can return to poetry in its native state -- one set of words among many others competing for appreciation -- and read with fresh eyes.

Guiding Questions

No Guiding Questions

Learning Objectives

To analyze the verbal devices through which poems make meaning

To compare one's personal interpretation of a poem with the personal interpretations of others

To develop standards of literary judgment