How do I begin to analyse an unseen poem in exam conditions?

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An unseen poem in exam conditions can be the source of much stress for students. It is crucial that when the time comes, you remain calm and collected, even if at first the poem appears difficult.

Read the poem at least twice before commencing any analysis. Reading the poem aloud in your mind will also allow you to discover rhytmic elements that may contribute meaning. 

Approach the poem chronologically, and use highlighters as you go to bookmark important literary devices. Remember that these devices don't function alone; they serve to generate meaning in the text. A strong understanding of these devices will send you on your way to understanding the key themes contained in the text, the cornerstone of a good mark.

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