How to Read and Understand Poetry

Use two strategies together: MRS and Question Asking.

Apply the MRS or Multiple Reading Strategy.


Ask questions and read the poem again.

 Of course, you can also do a Google search using the title of the poem plus the keywords explication, explanation, symbols, analysis, or summary, but you'll find it more rewarding to do the detective work on your own. It's cool to discover that poetry is understandable. Have faith in yourself. You figure out the meanings of songs every day, don't you?