Find Your Creative Muse

Home » Poetry » How to Analyze a Poem

How to Analyze a Poem

Writing Prompts

so goddamn hot today (brescia, italy)

Past memories

Iglesia del antiguo Monasterio de Carboeiro.

Moke Lake

Fast metro

More Photos

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 624 other followers

January 2010
M T W T F S S
« Dec   Feb »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

A Few Suggestions

You will often need to analyze a poem to understand its meaning and the emotion it conveys. analyzing or deconstructing a poem also shows you how the poet composed his poem. Knowing how the poet uses certain poetic devices—such as simile, metaphor, alliteration–will help you to create your own poetry. There are many ways to analyze a poem. Here is one method:
 
1. Read the poem a several times. Ask yourself the following:
  • What is the significance of the title?
  • What is the subject?
  • What does the content tell you about the theme? 
2. Read the poem aloud. Ask yourself the following:
  • How does it sound?
  • What meaning can you interpret from the sound of the poem when you read it out loud?
  • Is there are rhyme scheme?
  • Is there meter?
  • Is there rhythm?
3. Read the poem again, paraphrasing each line and stanza. What is the content of the poem?
 
4. Determine the structure of the poem?
  • Is it free verse or metrical verse?
  • What type of punctuation is used?
  • Is there a rhyme scheme?
5. Review the content.
  • What is the poet attempting to tell you?
  • What is the subject, argument, theme, main point?
  • What conclusion can you draw?
6. Look for symbols. Is the poet using symbolism to communicate meaning?
 
7. Imagery is a common poetic device used by poets to extend meaning. Ask yourself the following:
 
  • What imagery is the poet using?
  • Are there any metaphors?
  • Does the poet use simile to add meaning?
  • Does the poet use hyperbole for emphasis?
8. Review the poet’s choice of words. Ask yourself the following:
 
  • What descriptive language is the poet using to communicate meaning?
  • Why is certain language used?
  • How is it used to extend the meaning?
  • What is the connotation?
  • Are words repeated for emphasis?
  • Are words isolated on a line for emphasis?
9. The sound of a poem is just as important to the meaning of a poem as its content. After reading the poem aloud, ask yourself the following:
 
  • Does the poet use alliteration?
  • Does the poet use assonance?
  • Does the poet use onomatopoeia?
10. A poet composes his or her poem within a certain context. His experiences, education, and socialization contribute to what the poet is inspired to  write about. Ask yourself the following:
  • When was the poem written?
  • What were the political, historical, and social conditions of this time period?
  • What events might have inspired the poet to write the poem?
  • What does the poet’s biography reveal about his poetry?
11. After deconstructing the poem, evaluate it. Ask yourself the following:
  • What did you enjoy about the poem? Why? Why not?
  • Did the poem evoke an emotional response?
  • What is your impression?
  • Do you recommend it?
Advertisements

2 Comments

  1. kido10 says:

    Well tell you what.
    I’ve been writing ” Poetry ” for quite some time now.
    I do not need anything or anyone to inspire me to
    write, it depends on the Mood I’m in ( any Poet ).

    In my Poetry it’s pretty easy to understand what
    I’m saying. Pay attention to the words and how they
    are being used. Puntuation is used in some Poets
    writings as well as the ones whom write ” Novels “.

  2. bldherenow says:

    Hello, I would like to invite you to join; The Poetic Voice Community. It is a writer’s site where you can enter contests – add poetry and get feedback. The latest entries are listed on the blog posts. Click on link, and check us out! Then join, and post.

    Website: http://poeticvoice.ning.com/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog Stats

  • 1,164,423 hits
%d bloggers like this: