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Write About Poetry
Getting to the Heart of a Poem

ISBN 9781032075273
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
174 Pages

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Book Description

How do we read poetry, compare poems, or generate observations into a thoughtful response? Write About Poetry is an invaluable reference book and skills guide for students of poetry. Featuring model essays, a glossary of technical terms, and additional practice for student engagement, this volume provides students with a clear and concise guide to:

• reading unseen poems with confidence

• developing general observations into formal, structured written responses

• fostering familiarity with some of the great poets and poems in literary history

Drawing on years of teaching experience, Steven Jackson delivers the background, progressive methodology, and practical essay writing techniques essential for understanding the fundamental steps of poetry analysis.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – Who Is Involved?

Chapter 2 – What Is the Situation?

Chapter 3 – What Is the Central Theme?

Chapter 4 – Practical Criticism and the 5-Part Essay

Chapter 5 – Three Essays

Chapter 6 – Answering an Essay Question

Chapter 7 – Comparing Poems

Chapter 8 – Exploring a Group of Poems


Biographies of Featured Poets

Glossary of Key Terms


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Steven Jackson is an English teacher at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, and is currently Head of Key Stage Three for English. He has also organised several English A-level enrichment programmes, including teaching ‘The Forms of Poetry’ and ‘Scenes from Shakespeare’ for English Oxbridge preparation. He has been published in The English Review, and as a poet and prize winner at the Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition, the Ver Prize, and Marsden the Poetry Village Competition.