Introduction to Literature. Lesson One: Reading Poetry Love. Margarette R. Connor. Outline. Poems are not scary !!! Think of them as Songs. e.g. “ Across the Universe ” Steps for reading poetry . Elements of Poetry: Diction , Persona and Tone ;
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Lesson One: Reading Poetry
Margarette R. Connor
“Across the Universe” by The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney).
Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind Possessing and caressing me. (the whole lyrics)
Connotation - conversational meaning, associations and implications that go beyond the denotation. These are often difficult for a non-native speaker to uncover.