I guess I was wrong when I said in class that you (the class) tended to just talk about meanings, or the content of the poems. I have quite some journals here that talked about techniques, and I am really happy to see it. Here I just want to ask you to read the refrains again--"The Art of Losing isn't hard to master," is it quick or slow reading? Does the poem, then, always read slowly? Or is there an alternation between slow and quicker reading?
Here you also gave the process of your reading, which is interesting. Indeed we have different expectations as we go through a text the first time. Another practice that you can do is to try to give a central idea first and then write an organized essay.