Poetry Analysis Activity – Drawing the Poem


“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth

To help students understand, visualize, and appreciate the imagery in Wordsworth’s poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, give a copy of the poem to students and pieces of A3 or A4 paper (I have students collaborate in small groups), and plenty of markers, colored pencils, or crayons.

Read the poem aloud, so that students can get a sense of the cadence.

Direct students to draw what they understand the poem to mean. You might direct them to be literal (I do this for “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen) or take license with their art work (which is what I prefer for this poem). You might ask students to assign a reader, a planner, and artist, etc… or just leave it to them.

As students are working, the teacher has a good opportunity to circulate and check their understanding of the poems.

Students share their work with the class, which opens up ample opportunities to discuss the meaning of the poem and how the poetic techniques contribute to the poet’s intent.

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