I finished reading Christopher Lehman and Kate Robert’s new book, Falling in Love With Close Reading (Heinemann, 2013) last week. Kate and Chris have done a terrific job articulating the elements of close reading. At the same time, they encourage teachers to be purposeful about using close reading strategies. Close reading is not something to be done on every page of every book. Their main point it that close reading should be done when there is a deeper understanding to be gained.
All week I’ve been thinking about the application of these ideas in the classroom. I have been looking at texts differently since reading Falling in Love With Close Reading. Noticing patterns I might have skimmed over in the past, or asking myself, “I wonder why the author chose that word.” All this thinking reminded me of “The Secret” by Denise Levertov.
by Denise Levertov
Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
I who don’t know the
the line. They
(through a third person)
they had found it
but not what it was
what line it was. No doubt
by now, more than a week
later, they have forgotten
the line, the name of
the poem. I love them
for finding what
I can’t find,
Read the rest of the poem here.
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6 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: The Secret”
This Levertov poem is new to me. I love it, Catherine — thank you!!
Love the way this poem teases my thoughts. Thanks for sharing!
“the secret of life in a sudden line of poetry” — oh yes, that IS worth searching for. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem today, Catherine.
Thanks for sharing this. I’ve never read it before. I love the journey to the ending. It’s so appreciative and hopeful.
Love this! It’s how I feel about visiting the PF roundup. So much goodness and I try to hold onto it all, but it winds up just making a sweet rich wash over my brain cells and who knows what sticks and what doesn’t, what I borrow in my own writing and what I learn for my own life.
(Can’t wait for break so I can dig into Falling In Love With Close Reading…)
One of my favorites from Levertov.