Tasks for poems

"Banana Tree" (Frederic Edwin Church)"Banana Tree" (Frederic Edwin Church)

Discussing a poem and what it is about is not as daunting a task as some students fear. To understand the meaning of a poem you have to be patient and read it carefully many times. Don't make your mind up too quickly and be prepared to change your mind when the poem reveals more of itself to you under analysis. When you write about a poem you should also point out your personal response.

Read the poem "The Song of the Banana Man" on page 328 of Access to International English, and then study the text "Analysing the Poem" on pp. 330-332. Then you are ready to read and analyse the two poems "The Housing Poem" (pp. 333-335 and "The Migrant" (p. 336).

Articles & Resources


Analysing the Poem [05:03]
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Evan Jones (brief biography)


Schoolgirl reads "The Song of the Banan Man"


Friends Forever TV / YouTube

"The Song of the Banana Man" (video/reading)


Favorite Poem Project

"The Song of the Banana Man" - complete poem


Dian Million (brief biography)


A.L. Hendriks (brief biography)


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