Critical Thinking Questions
- When I read a graphic poem, how do the illustrations make my experience different? Are there certain poems that illustration would help me understand better than others?
- Does graphic poetry have to be more than just an illustrated poem? Can it be less?
- Does graphic poetry detract from the poem by providing a visual interpretation that might not be in accordance with the reader’s?
Self-Awareness and Metacognition Questions
- When I read graphic poetry, do I actually enjoy the experience? Do I personally prefer this experience to the one of just reading a poem itself?
- When I write and illustrate a graphic poem, how do I decide what kinds of illustrations I will make? How do I decide where the text goes on a page, and whether I use comment bubbles, thought bubbles, narrative boxes, or something different altogether?
Navigation Skills and Making Connections Questions
- If I were to create an animated poem in which the visual illustration actually moves and breathes, would that change the visual narrative I would construct?
- How can the visual component of a graphic poem echo the poem’s use of literary devices and figurative language, like metaphor and repetition.
- How is graphic poetry like a play in performance or the filmed version of a novel? Does it have similar advantages and drawbacks?