Close reading-- reading a text with careful attention to words, their meanings and the relationships between them --is the first step to writing successful papers in literature and other humanities disciplines. Writing assignments often require that you analyze and interpret key passages of a text. This workshop will help you improve your close reading skills by applying the tools of close reading to two short poems. Many readers are intimidated by poetry. It has a reputation for being difficult, so we approach it with dread, and it often is difficult, which confirms our fears. In this workshop, we will break down the process of reading a poem into small, manageable steps, learning how to decide what details are the most important, how to connect them and how to interpret those connections. The workshop will be taught by Magdalena Zapedowska, writing associate.