For this paper, you will be writing an explication of a poem 5 â€“ 8 paragraphs. You may choose any of the poems we have read in this unit. A poetry explication is an explanation of what you believe the message of the poem is. Because you will be explaining your own personal interpretation of the poem, you will need to gather some evidence to support your ideas about the poem. The goal of an explication is to â€œilluminateâ€ the meaning of the poem for other readers. First of all READ the poem. Read it several times. Read it aloud. Notice the way it looks on the page, the way the words sound when you read them aloud, and anything the words make you think about. You will probably have to look some words up in the dictionaryâ€”remember that the definition you know might not be the ONLY definition there is. Once you feel like you have formed some good initial ideas about the poem, you can begin to really examine the tools (literary devices) that the poet used to create the poem. Answer the following questions using your answers as a rough draft for your paper. -What does the title contribute to the readerâ€™s understanding? -Who is speaking? What is the situation? -What difficult, special, unusual words does the poem contain? -What references need explaining? -How does the poem develop? Personal statement or a story? -What is the main idea of the poem? -What kind of figurative language is the poem using? What about symbolism or literary allusions? Poem chosen : "Danny Deever by Rudyard Kipling â€œWhat are the bugles blowinâ€™ for?â€ said Files-on-Parade.1 â€œTo turn you out, to turn you out,â€ the Color-Sergeant2 said. â€œWhat makes you look so white, so white?â€ said Files-on- Parade. â€œIâ€™m dreadinâ€™ what Iâ€™ve got to watch,â€ the Color-Sergeant said. 5 For theyâ€™re hanginâ€™ Danny Deever, you can hear the Dead March play, The regimentâ€™s in â€™ollow square3 â€”theyâ€™re hanginâ€™ him today; Theyâ€™ve taken of his buttons off anâ€™ cut his stripes away, Anâ€™ theyâ€™re hanginâ€™ Danny Deever in the morninâ€™. â€œWhat makes the rear-rank breathe so â€™ard?â€ said Files-on- Parade. 10 â€œItâ€™s bitter cold, itâ€™s bitter cold,â€ the Color-Sergeant said. â€œWhat makes that front-rank man fall down?â€ says Files-on- Parade. â€œA touch oâ€™ sun, a touch oâ€™ sun,â€ the Color-Sergeant said. They are hanginâ€™ Danny Deever, they are marchinâ€™ of â€™im round, They â€™ave â€™alted Danny Deever by â€™is coffin on the ground; 15 Anâ€™ â€™eâ€™ll swing in â€™arf a minute for a sneakinâ€™ shootinâ€™ houndâ€” O theyâ€™re hanginâ€™ Danny Deever in the morninâ€™! â€œâ€™Is cot was right-â€™and cot to mine,â€ said Files-on-Parade. â€œâ€™Eâ€™s sleepinâ€™ out anâ€™ far tonight,â€ the Color-Sergeant said. â€œIâ€™ve drunk â€™is beer a score oâ€™ times,â€ said Files-on-Parade. 2 0 â€œâ€™Eâ€™s drinkinâ€™ bitter beer alone,â€ the Color-Sergeant said. They are hanginâ€™ Danny Deever, you must mark â€™im to â€™is place, For â€™e shot a comrade sleepinâ€™â€”you must look â€™im in the face; Nine â€™undred of â€™is county anâ€™ the regimentâ€™s disgrace, While theyâ€™re hanginâ€™ Danny Deever in the morninâ€™. 2 5 â€œWhatâ€™s that so black agin the sun?â€ said Files-on-Parade. â€œItâ€™s Danny fightinâ€™ â€™ard for life,â€ the Color-Sergeant said. â€œWhatâ€™s that that whimpers overâ€™ead?â€ said Files-on-Parade. Itâ€™s Dannyâ€™s soul thatâ€™s passinâ€™ now,â€ the Color-Sergeant said. For theyâ€™re done with Danny Deever, you can â€™ear the quick-step play, 3 0 The regimentâ€™s in column, anâ€™ theyâ€™re marchinâ€™ us away; Ho! the young recruits are shakinâ€™, anâ€™ theyâ€™ll want their beer to-day, After hanginâ€™ Danny Deever in the morninâ€™.