I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Hirsch’s Major Points of Poem. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. It is sometimes necessary to apply several techniques of reading until the line arrangement becomes clear. It is wrong to think that a poem may mean anything the reader wants it to mean. There are always certain limits of interpretation.
There are many other things which should be taken into consideration. However, a poem cannot be regarded as just a sum of all its parts. The poet’s message lies beyond the literal meaning of words. Only those who possess talent and experience are able to reveal this mystery.
Reading poetry well is an art. Those who lack natural talent and curiosity may probably fail to embrace it. However, several techniques and a little bit of practice may help a person understand, and what is more, enjoy poetry. It only remains to find out how these techniques may be applied practically.
It is impossible to comprehend a poem unless its form is paid enough attention. As Hirsch emphasizes, the form of a poem is part of its meaning. Sound, rhythm, and rhyme of a poem may give readers a key to how it should be understood. That is why an ear for music would be a great bonus. .
There are three common mistakes an inexperienced reader may make. The first one became a part of my personal experience. It is an assumption that it is possible to understand and appreciate a poem on the first reading. Those who fail to do this (most the unexperienced readers) sometimes feel frustrated, just like me. However, this problem is possible to solve. All you need is just a little patience and practice.
The second mistake is to assume that a poem is a code which is supposed to be broken. This is also a bad strategy to suppose that each detail in a poem corresponds to only one thing. It is also untrue that poetry presupposes freedom of interpretation. A poem cannot mean what the reader wants it to mean. To tell the truth, I have never made this kind of mistake. There are a lot of elements in a poem which set limits of interpretation and may be felt intuitively. However, for me, it has always been very difficult to approach a poem with no regard for its historical background. Additional information is sometimes necessary indeed. But most poems may be interpreted out of the concept.