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1. Present a sketch of the poet / poetess as a creative personality mentioning
literary traditions and tendencies of the epoch he / she was influenced by as well as innovative aspects of his / her style of writing. 2. Define the form of the verse: a ballad, sonnet, limerick, child rhyme, humorous verse, ode, lyric poetry, free verse, epic, elegy, blank verse, etc. 3. “Translate” the poem into the common language to demonstrate your understanding of it. Doing this avoid the use of the figurative language. 4. Trace the imagery pattern of the poetic text considering visual, aural, olfactory, gustatory and tactile images present in the poem. Define the dominant sensory image/s and state their role in the virtual world formation. 5. Specify the slant of the poetic text. To do this think about the emotions and feelings the poem triggers in you and name them. Consequently, the slant can be meditating, bitter, nostalgic, elated, ironic etc. Consider the textual means that create the slant. 6. Identify the sound features of the verse. Think how the alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, euphony, cacophony, sound symbolism help the author to convey the mood and message of the poem. 7. Define the rhyming pattern of the poem: single-syllable / masculine rhyme double-syllable / feminine rhyme triple-syllable rhyme true / perfect rhyme imperfect rhyme end rhyme internal rhyme State what effect it creates (if any). 8. Ponder upon the meaning and function of the basic EM and SD within the framework of the poetic text. 9. Work over the system of symbols in the poetic text: cultural / shared, literary / personal. State the role they play in conveying the implicit meaning of the poem. 10.Delineate the settings of the poem. Consider the symbolic meaning of time and place in the poetic text. 11. Mull over the layout of the poem (if any). Explain the way it helps the author to convey the message of the poem. 12.State the message of the poem as it presents itself to you.