THE TITLE. A poemâ€™s title does not always have great significance. The title might not make much sense until you start to understand the poem. The title â€œThe Sick Roseâ€ (by William Blake) gives us a reasonable hint about what the poem means. T. S. Eliotâ€™s title â€œThe Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrockâ€ seems to give some direction, but after the reading the poem, the title might be considered misleading or ironic. Wallace Stevensâ€™ title â€œThe Snow Manâ€ gives very little help.
- Does the title immediately influence what you are about to read, or does it, at the moment you begin your first reading, remain mysterious or vague?
- After you have thought about the poem, how do you think the title relates to it?