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Feelings, patterns, puzzles

Close reading a poem involves reading it over a number of times. Each time we move through the poem we pause, re-focus and reflect. But what exactly are we looking for when we do these things?

Over the next few Steps, using Kate’s poem ‘Patagonia’ as a sample, we’re going to use three different points of focus to guide our close reading:

  • Feelings
  • Patterns
  • Puzzles

Each of these points of focus will reveal new aspects of the poem as you read and re-read it. You’ll take them one at a time so that you explore the poem slowly and carefully, building up your interpretation of it gradually over time.

You’ll need a copy of the poem to hand as you work through the remainder of Week 1 which you can download for your personal use.

Please note: Kate’s poem is protected by copyright so please don’t distribute your notes with Kate’s poem in a public forum without permission.

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A-level Study Boost: Unseen Poetry and the Creative Process

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