by Corinne Hales
I am doing the hard, fun close work of reading a poem with my Intro to Lit students. Our textbook is our analytical tool as we glide back and forth over a powerful poem trying to get clear on how it works and why it works and what it might mean in our lives. A literature class that doesn’t aspire this high, ain’t worth it.
I have chosen Corinne Hales’ poem, “Power” to be my feldgang, my field walk. I will map it out over the next several weeks fully noting that the map is not the territory, but if you slow down enough you can feel the texture of it and perhaps get its measure.
The poem’s metes and bounds lie within the etherpad provided below:
Here I am reading the poem aloud:
Here is how I used the textbook to begin to analyze the poem:
Here I have paraphrased the poem:
Here is some of my analysis using the text book: