The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

If You’ve Never Read a Poem, You’re Not Screwed Yet.

If you’ve stumbled across this site because your teacher told you to read a poem, or write a poem, or that poetry will change your life, you’re in the right place. If you’re a high school student, you are in the majority. If you’re an adult, and have never read a poem, it’s okay, you’re not screwed yet. We can help you. We will be your guide. Allow us to be your Carnival Cruise tour guide, because let’s face it, if you don’t hop aboard the lifeboat of poetry, you will not survive.

First thing you need to remember: poems, when written properly, can change your life. Recite a love poem to the girl of your dreams – with a straight face – and she might slap you in public, and kiss you in private. Read an angry poem to the bully that’s been stealing your lunch money, or your girl, or underwear, and he’ll be so confused that he’ll run home crying to his mother. Stand up when a teacher asks you about your favorite poem, and recite, from memory, John Donne’s “The Compass,” and you will get an automatic A for the term.

Book Riot has put together the perfect flowchart for the first time reader of poetry. Take a look below. Let us know what you think!

Poetry Flowchart

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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