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How to Analyze Any Poem: I Promise

In this ongoing single session course, I will teach students how to analyze, decode, gain meaning, and write about any poem, largely through understanding, identifying and practicing figurative language, as well analytical techniques.
Jordan Post
8 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
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Students will learn how to analyze a poem by understanding/identifying and putting into practice figurative language, poetic devices, and author style/intent. Here is a list (but not limited to the following) of figurative language that I would teach, review, practice with the student: simile, metaphor, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, repetition, allusion, imagery, alliteration, assonance, symbolism, personification and more. 

In terms of author style or literary devices, here are some specific things that I would teach, review, and practice: author background, style, voice, diction, structure, punctuation, theme, tone, conflict(s), irony, anaphora, and more. 

All of these things can be taught, introduced or practices separately, but then contextualized in the poem itself in order to solidify meaning. 
I have been teaching poetry, english, and writing for going on eight years now. This includes World, British, and American literature, ranging from 7th grade to 12th. I currently am teaching English grades 10-12 at a public high school with a professional teaching license from the state of Colorado. It is safe to say many poems student would bring to me are ones that are frequently taught or anthologized; in this vein, I am familiar with or have taught many of these poems before. I write song lyrics and poetry myself and have for many years, so my understanding represents both the analytical and creative side. It is and always will be a passion of mine, and I very much enjoy sharing that understanding, passion and application of the writing arts. 
Homework, if any, will be for the student to continue their analysis of the poem we started, apply their newfound or polished skills to another poem of study, or to put to work the writing skills we practiced in their own writing. 
Only a internet connected device, a poem of their choice (if that is the case) writing materials and a willing attitude!
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Learner progress is assessed in that moment to start. Example: "Okay, now that you understand what hyperbole is, can you find an example in the poem? Great! Now that you found one, can you write your own example of hyperbole? Etc." It will be tailored to what the student needs, whether that be a specific prompt they have, or just needing an understanding of poetic devices in general. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
No--I will ensure that poems are appropriate for upper middle-school/high school level. 


Jordan Post
Lives in the United States
Professional Educator
8 total reviews
7 completed classes

About Me


1) I have been playing guitar for 15+ years and given more than eight months of guitar lessons remotely through Outschool. In my day job, I am currently teaching Science Fiction/Fantasy, Non Fiction, and Mythology at a public high school... 
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