The little blue engine by by shel silverstein
What is the meaning ?
This poem is a parody, what is it criticizing?
Are there metaphors, similes or personification used to explain ideas ?
Are there parts of the poem that ask to use your fences of hearing, sight, smell, touch, or taste ? Do these add to your enjoyment of the poem ?
FORM & STRUCTURE
how is the poem arranged on the page ? (eg. Lines, verses, layout, shape)
Is there a progression between one verse and the next ?
Why do you think that the poet has used this structure ?
RHYME & RHYTHM
dies the poem rhyme ? What is the rhyming pattern ? (eg. ABAB OR ABCB)
Why do you think the poet has chosen this rhyme and rhythm to express his ideas ?
LANGUAGE PATTERNS (DICTION)
does the choice of words the poet has chosen help us share the poets feelings?
The poet uses certain words to trigger how we think about the poem. Which words are the "triggers" in this poem?
what do you think is the message the poet is trying to make you share with him.