Guidelines for understanding poetry

What are the steps I can follow to read a poem for better understanding?

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1. Do you hear the rhymes and/or other poetic devices?
2. Do you notice the repetition of identical consonant and/or vowel sounds?
3. Do you notice identical words or phrases?

3) Use a dictionary.

a) After completing steps one and two, reread the piece, and look up any words you do not know.

1. Are any words used in a strange or unusual way?
2. Are there alternate meanings to words you DO know that may create a different meaning in the ...