- Phrases to help you structure your explication (and avoid “chunk”).
- Locating the reader narratively in the poem
- Explain HOW the tool shows what you’re saying it shows, not just THAT it does
- Braiding summary/narrative with analysis throughout an explication
- A TEMPLATE for an explication; if you don’t know where to start
- Avoid listing or objectifying your evidence
- Avoid listing your observations, too