Annotating the Exam Anthology

If you annotate your poems as a part of you note-taking during the classroom  lecture, it is to be believed that you will have a ready reference whenever you visit the text again. This way you will uncover themes and ideas and recognise the ways in which the poets have used language and other poetic devices to achieve their effects. This way reviewing the poems and then subsequently , in writing exam essays too.

    • Near the title note briefly the themes and underlying thoughts or concerns of the poem.
    •  Do you see any pattern emerging w.r.t. the structure, stanza , no. of words per line, range of vocabulary?any shift in the thought process( caesura). Use flowchart symbols to establish such relationships.
    •  Instead of merely suggesting the literary devices ( anaphora, alliteration, onomatopoeia etc.), also note the effect of features (emotions, themes, atmosphere etc. and your personal response).
    • Using different coloured highlighters , identify patterns, e.g. all words related to nature could be shaded in green, all words to do with imprisonment could be boxed in black, repeated sounds could be shaded or underlined in red etc. Include a key to explain your color codes.
    •  Mark patterns of rhyme on the poem.
    •  Mark repeated words, phrases, lines or stanzas.
    •  Keep a checklist of features in mind and make sure you have examined: structure, diction, imagery, grammar and sounds.
    •  If there are any words you don’t understand look them up in a dictionary and write a simple explanation alongside them in the poem.
    •  Don’t forget the significance of the title – annotate the title.
    •   Identify what for you is the most powerful or significant image, line or phrase in the poem and circle it or rewrite it at the bottom of the page. It is useful to identify the words which most successfully communicate emotions, ideas and viewpoint to you.
  • Students’ Annotations during Class


About Mrs. Nazir's Rhyme and Reason

Am I a bird for Maya Angelou? If yes, why do I and so many of you around me feel caged? why not free? Am I a free spirit, then?If yes, then why don't I locate my limits? Because I can see I have lost the way. The quest for enlightenment is taking me acknowledge just Him ..and this strife just becomes so rewarding and so assuringly peaceful when I see myself having adopted His favourite occupation- the one he designated to his prophets. What has obstructed this self -actualization so far?
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