The 6 Stages of Poetry Analysis

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  1. Read poem, get surface meaning only.
  2. Start analyzing it and uncovering deeper meanings
  3. Really go to town on the analysis and discover a million new things
  4. Write essay.
  5. Reread the poem and essay so many times while revising that you get sick of them and are able to recite them from memory.
  6. Finish and hand in essay. Burn the poem, delete the essay file.

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