Captivating, interesting contemporary poem study with winter as the general theme. Poetry by N. M. Garcia, Salvatore Buttaci, Joyce Wakefield, Barbara Reiher-Meyers, Jim Finnegan, Raymond A. Foss, Quincy Trouple, Robert Bly and Rg Gregory, A few classic winter poems (Robert Frost and Samuel Taylor Coleridge) are inter-mixed for contrasting purposes.
I have created close-reading questions and typed them beside the poems. Questions ask students to observe how poetic terms such as metaphor, imagery, personification, juxtapositions, connotation, ambiguity, paradox, cataloging etc. create theme or convey meaning. Some questions have specific "answers" and others ask students to think independently and to develop their own interpretations of the poetry.