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How to Write a Poetry Analysis Essay

Updated on October 5, 2016

Poetry analysis generally entails conducting an analysis on the poetic instruments employed, figures and the language which the author utilized and presenting ones view about the poem. Unlike other forms of literary works, poetry analysis assignments are quite demanding for students pursuing literature as a discipline. Poetry deviates from other forms of literary works since it places a number of demands which need to be considered by a writer when analyzing it. A good poetry analysis needs to be well supported, confident and clear. This paper presents tidbits that can guide a writer/student when doing a poetry analysis assignment.

Writing a Poetry Analysis Essay

The following guideline will be of significance to a writer/student when undertaking a poetry analysis

a) The particular poem to be analyzed must be read at least two times. While reading, the writers need to analyze his/her first impression of it and write down comments on the important points.

b) The second step is to conduct research on the poem’s background including the date when it was created, and the author(s). Analyze the main themes and the inspiration of the author in writing the poem.

c) The poem should be read once again while focusing on the main aspects to be analyzed

Outline

  1. 1. Introduction

a)Title

b)Thesis statement

  1. 2. Body

a)Message/Theme(s)

b)Tone (speaker’s tone)

c) Figures of speech used and their roles/representation

3. Conclusion

Summary of the main points and rephrasing the thesis statements

Summary

Poetry analysis involves a lot other than simply reviewing phrases and words employed by the author. In light of this, a writer need to see a bigger picture, read carefully and comprehend the author’s inspiration in using a specific word combination. This therefore necessitates a writer to research on the poem’s author and its general background.

Poetry analysis generally entails conducting an analysis on the poetic instruments employed, figures and the language which the author utilized and presenting ones view about the poem. Unlike other forms of literary works, poetry analysis assignments are quite demanding for students pursuing literature as a discipline. Poetry deviates from other forms of literary works since it places a number of demands which need to be considered by a writer when analyzing it. A good poetry analysis needs to be well supported, confident and clear. This paper presents tidbits that can guide a writer/student when doing a poetry analysis assignment.

Writing a Poetry Analysis Essay

The following guideline will be of significance to a writer/student when undertaking a poetry analysis

a) The particular poem to be analyzed must be read at least two times. While reading, the writers need to analyze his/her first impression of it and write down comments on the important points.

b) The second step is to conduct research on the poem’s background including the date when it was created, and the author(s). Analyze the main themes and the inspiration of the author in writing the poem.

c) The poem should be read once again while focusing on the main aspects to be analyzed

Outline

  1. 1. Introduction

a)Title

b)Thesis statement

  1. 2. Body

a)Message/Theme(s)

b)Tone (speaker’s tone)

c) Figures of speech used and their roles/representation

3. Conclusion

Summary of the main points and rephrasing the thesis statements

Summary

Poetry analysis involves a lot other than simply reviewing phrases and words employed by the author. In light of this, a writer need to see a bigger picture, read carefully and comprehend the author’s inspiration in using a specific word combination. This therefore necessitates a writer to research on the poem’s author and its general background.

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