How to Eat a Poem
This study guide will help you analyze the poem “How To Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam. You can also find a summary of the poem, as well as ideas for interpreting it and putting it into perspective.
Presentation of the poem
Title: “How To Eat a Poem” (1964)
Author: Eve Merriam
Eve Merriam (1916-1992) was an American writer and poet. Merriam published over 30 books throughout her life and was one of America’s most well-known and appreciated poets for children. The poem “How To Eat a Poem” was originally published in Merriam’s second children's poetry collection titled It Doesn’t Always Have to Rhyme.
The poem “How To Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam begins with the speaker giving instructions on how to eat a poem. The speaker invites the reader to enjoy poetry as if it were raw fruit, and to take pleasure in the fact that there are no parts going to waste.
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