A Poem’s Expectations: Attentive Reading (2015-07-04)
A poem requires more attentive reading than prose, just as it requires more effort to write. So it’s only fair to give it that attention. This often requires repeated reading, which will be rewarding if the poem is any good.
Also because the sound of the poem is such an integral part of the poem’s effectiveness, it is best to read it aloud. Subvocal reading is efficient for most reading, but not for poetry!