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What can you do if you’re reading a long poem?. In the Garden A bird came down the walk: He did not know I saw; He bit an angle-worm in halves And ate the fellow, raw. In this lesson, you will learn how understand a poem by retelling what happens in each stanza. Poems have stanzas.

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What can you do if you’re reading a long poem?

In the Garden

A bird came down the walk:

He did not know I saw;

He bit an angle-worm in halves

And ate the fellow, raw.


In this lesson, you will learn how understand a poem by retelling what happens in each stanza.


Poems have stanzas.

In the Garden

A bird came down the walk:

He did not know I saw;

He bit an angle-worm in halves

And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew

From a convenient grass,

And then hopped sideways to the wall

To let a beetle pass.


Descriptive words can help us visualize a poem.


Parts you don’t understand

Parts you understand

STOP


The poet sees a bird appear.

The bird eats a worm.

In the Garden

A bird came down the walk:

He did not know I saw;

He bit an angle-worm in halves

And ate the fellow, raw.

Who is speaking?

What is happening?


In the Garden

A bird came down the walk:

He did not know I saw;

He bit an angle-worm in halves

And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew

From a convenient grass,

And then hopped sideways to the wall

To let a beetle pass.

The poet watches the bird drink water and let a beetle go by.

What is happening?

Who is speaking?


1

  • Read one stanza.

2

  • Ask yourself, “Who is speaking? What is

  • happening?”

3

Retell in your own words.


In this lesson, you have learned how to understand a poem by retelling what happens in each stanza.


  • Read the next stanza of “In the Garden.”

  • Ask yourself, “Who is speaking? What is happening?”

  • Then retell in your own words.

He glanced with rapid eyes

That hurried all abroad, -

They looked like frightened beads, I thought;

He stirred his velvet head


  • Find another poem that has many stanzas.

  • Practice retelling the poem one stanza at a time.


Like one in danger; cautious,

I offered him a crumb,

And he unrolled his feathers

And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide an ocean,

Too silver for a seam

Or butterflies, off banks of noon,

Leap, plashless, as they swim.

Read the final two stanzas of “In the Garden.”

Retell the stanzas by asking “Who is speaking? What is happening?”


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