(and with apologies to David R. Slavitt)
by Mary Lee Hahn, copyright 2010
1. What is this poem about?2. Do I need to read it again?3. Who is speaking? What is the evidence in the poem for your answer?4. What is being compared or described? Explain.5. To what senses does the poem appeal? Elaborate.6. Does this poem make you laugh, or does it make you cry?7. What does this poem remind you of?8. What characteristic of the genre of poetry alerts you as a reader that this is a poem?9. If you were to put this poem to music, what would it sound like? If you were to illustrate it, what colors would you use?10.What questions do you have for the author?
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The back story: Franki and I were discussing what we had ready for the blog this week. I confessed to have hit a wall with the poem-a-day challenge. She suggested I write a one-word poem. We Googled it. We found Slavitt's poem. There is such a thing. (Who knew?) I was amused and inspired.
The discussion questions are the ones I use with my fourth graders as they get ready to answer questions on the state tests about poetry. I thought they worked quite well with this poem.