How to Analyze a Poem:

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My Archangel


How to Analyze A Poem

In order to understand poetry better, here are ways to unlock the world of verses in order to enter its wonderful world:

(I am using an original poem from me as basis)

My archangel

Trumpetsblaring, echoes resounding

Noises resonating, mind wandering

A lone voice reminding, from the desert parching

Through arid lands plodding, for the rain waiting

Though on its chase unending, it doesn’t fail reminding

Carnal thoughts may be unfulfilling, but it is fleeting

True bliss enlivening, worldly desires denying

Only then in attaining, eternal delight is pure and satisfying

My Archangel is trailing, of this world’s desires unyielding

For self pleasure is not gratifying, but unselfish love is lasting….

A.Persona – the speaker of the poem.

Here the persona is a friend who is grateful to his/her friend.

B.Form – there are several methods an author might use – depends on the style of the author.

a.Couplet – it consists of two lines perstanza

b.Quartet – consists of four lines.

c.Cinquain – a peom consists of five lines per stanza

d.Sestet – consists of six lines.

e.Octave – consists of eight lines

f.Sonnet – although this is a kind of poem it consists of fourteen lines all in all.

g.Free Verse – it does not follow any form, meaning there is no measurement.

In the poem Archangel I am using cinquain.

C.Imagery – it pertain to the five sense in which the poem leaves an impression to create mental images.

The images created from this poem are:

Trumpets blaring – sense of sound

True bliss – sense of feeling/touch

From the desert parching – sense of taste

D.Poetic Devices – are devices used by the author to develop his/her poem.

Note: some of the above mentioned method are still part of the devices, yet I focus on the three for emphasis.

a.Alliteration – the repetition of the initial consonant sounds.

b.Assonance – the repetition of the same vowel sounds.

c.Onomatopoeia – the use of words which imitate sounds.

d.Rhyme – the use of same ending sounds

The devices used by the author are:

Onomatopoeia – trumpets blaring

Echoes resounding

Rhyme –resounding – wandering

Parching – waiting

E.Figurative Languages –

Simile – a comparison of two unlike objects with the emphasis of “as”, like”

Metaphor – a comparison of two unlike objects with the absence of as, like.

Personification – giving an inanimate object as if it were human.

Irony – a statement which is actually a reverse of its true intention.

Hyperbole – an exaggeration for special effect.

Here are some of the figurative languages used in the poem My Archangel:

Through arid lands plodding, for the rain waiting – hyperbole

Carnal thoughts may be unfulfilling, but it is fleeting – irony

Good luck! Enjoy reading poetry…


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TToombs08 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Nice poem, useful information, voting UP.


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Darknlovely3436 5 years ago from NewYork

very informative, thank for sharing


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

TToombs...thank you for the vote of confidence...


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

darknlovely...you're always welcome...it's just deemed important especially to my students who will be benefited in this hub...thank you for dropping by...


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Wow, there is alot to consider when analyzing a poem. You have alot of information in this little jewel.


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

yes, there are homestead...i only include the simpler ones though...thank you for liking it and visiting my hub as well...


divine 5 years ago

maam asa na ko pa ngi taon ang project


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

naa ra diri dai...click lang profile nako...naa sa ubos mga title...


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trecords0 5 years ago from DeLand, Florida

With you being a professional I'd love to read an analyzation of some Tatoetry. Great idea by the way to write about how to read poetry.


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

yes, i'll sure be glad to read and analyze your Tatoetry...i'll be looking forward to it...have a great day!!!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi raciniwa,

What a great hub which I vote up without a doubt and also bookmark!!

I also love the Westlife hit!!!

It is such a shame that they are splitting up this Year!!

Take care my friend and have a wonderful day.

Eiddwen.


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you for the vote of confidence Eiddwen...i appreciate it very much...


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

oh, sorry if i overlooked your favorite genre...it is intended for high students actually and newbies on this field...thank you for the reminder...and what genre is that if i may know?


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A very informative and useful hub.

I loved the poem too


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Mark for sharing your poem...and great play of words as well...and yes, i do like haiku too but i think Hubpages will not publish too short poems...anyway i'll try combining some for you...


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Rosemay for considering my hub as useful and for stopping by as well...


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nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

Wow! you have a great knowledge of writing! I think it is useful and beautiful. Thank you raciniwa!


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Neny...somehow i am familiar with the intricacies of poetry for I am a teacher for 14 years now and poetry is part of our discussions and in fact my favorite topic because of its variety and imagery...yet brings so much to the development of the human soul...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

thank you for the help.. I just take a bunch of words and throw them at the wall.. whatever sticks.. I call it poetry.. I like your way better :)


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

yes Frank, i do that too at times...when i just want to let the words flow...i let it lead me to where it goes...you're always welcome...


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epigramman 4 years ago

....well a splendid way to start the new year and post this most helpful and insightful guide to my Facebook page with a direct link back here and my general rule of epi thumb is to just write from your heart, be yourself and the mind will always follow ...... lake erie time ontario canada 8:04am .....and you're a very nice writer by the way.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you epi for the wonderful comment, for placing a link to your Facebook account and your famous time signature...i really like the idea of visiting your place somehow...(don't have the means yet, but canada for me is appealing...)

actually, this is only a simplified version for beginners...


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Thanks for giving me an idea about analyzing poem. I'm quite bad at this. Loved your poem.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

thank you Vinaya, actually the analysis is for beginners not masters of the craft...


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Larry Okeke 4 years ago from Enugu, Nigeria

Nice hub! Being a law student, i'm already familiar with all these poetic devices. But no matter how hard i try, other people's poems still sound like ash to me. I find it difficult to extrapolate even the most visible themes in popular poems. For example; "through arid lands..." Would always mean nothing to me as no one is mentioned there.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

There certain expressions that don't appeal to a person. and each person has his cup of tea...so maybe it depends on the state of mind he is in... Thank you for sharing your insight...have a wonderful day...


Despair student 4 years ago

You dont know HOW happy you made me sharing this information, I have an exam and I didnt know how to analyze... Thank you very much!!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

well, i'm so glad to be of help...i do write this hub for students, so they can get help online...have a great time studying...good luck...


charlzhydran 4 years ago

i love to write but im not good at it.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

practice may not make you perfect but it may make you better...listen to your heart...good luck...


Fidan 3 years ago

Thank you, this is really useful for our exams :)


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raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

you're welcome...bless you!


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Your talent and insight has given me some great understanding of poems.Thanx for teaching me a little more I love to know.


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raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu Author

hello again Mike...the pleasure is mine...happy learning...

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