When I was a child, I loved reading poetry. But later in life when I learned to analyze and deconstruct poems, my passion faded. Poetry can be hard to decipher. And when you try too hard, the deciphering can bog you down.
I developed this quick poetry exercise to help me read and think about poems with less effort and more enjoyment … like I had as a child.
I call it my 1-3-1 Exercise!
1 – Think of 1 word to describe how you feel after reading the poem.
3 – Pick out 3 words from the poem that contribute to that feeling.
1 – In one sentence tell what the poet might be saying in the poem.
Try it! And if it works for you, add it to your poetry toolkit.
Then share a poem with a friend.
Happy poetry month!