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What really must be covered in your coursework and exam answers? Interpretation At the core of any and every answer or essay about poetry must be your own interpretation of the poem or poems you are writing about. It is this alone that attracts the majority of marks.
In a nutshell, the more subtly you interpret a poem - and give support for your interpretation - the higher your marks, and grade, will be. Poems are rarely to be taken at face value. It is never the literal meanings that will gain you any marks - it is exposing and discussing the poem's 'deeper meanings' that bring in the marks every time.
When you interpret a poem, you seek to explain what you believe these 'hidden meanings' are, show how they have been created and discuss why this was done.
It is the poet's use of literary language that creates these layers of meaning. Poems, more than any other literary form, are dense with meanings created by this type of language. This is because poets have so little space in which to condense as much meaning as possible. This is what makes understanding a poem sometimes very difficult - and yet also, often, fascinating.
Just why do poets do this?
Is it just to make their poems 'hard to understand'? It's because poetry is an art form and the poet is an artist who wants to express not only meaning but also feeling and emotion. Such is the power of a truly fine poem that it can sometimes manage to 'say the unsayable'.
Let's get one thing clear: An interpretation is always an opinion - an insight into what the poem might mean. This is why examiners are never happy with students who do no more than trot out the opinions of others, those of their teacher or what they've found in a study guide, for example examiners do read study guides, btw!
Examiners will always give the most marks to a student's original ideas - so long as they are valid and are supported by close and careful reference to the poem itself.
Whilst it is your own ideas that are needed, it is invariably easier to uncover the layers of meaning in a poem by discussing it with others. Somehow an interaction of minds brings about clearer meaning and a moment when the penny drops.
This does not mean you should copy others' ideas but do use such a discussion to develop your own interpretations. You might be one of the many who feel discussing poetry is not cool. Well, keep in mind that it's your grades that are at stake.
The exam is not a practice and you need to get the highest grade you can. So, what to do? For once, ignore being 'uncool' and get boosting those exam grades Many students lose marks by going off at a tangent and misreading their poem. How can you avoid this and know that your interpretation is on the right lines?Since its inception in , The Prose Poem: An International Journal, has published work which even the writers themselves cannot define without resorting to metaphor.
Russell Edson likens prose poems to "cast-iron aeroplanes that can actually fly," while Charles Simic states that writing them is like "trying to catch a fly in a dark room.
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A Short History of the Ghazal David Jalajel © , by David Jalajel Ever since the ghazal was introduced into English poetry, there has been confusion as to what. A Short History of the Ghazal David Jalajel © , by David Jalajel Ever since the ghazal was introduced into English poetry, there has been confusion as to what.