Poetry Analysis:

How to Read and Analyze a Poem - “... from the general to the specific”

General Points:

Analyzing the Poem
  1. Try to establish the general idea or theme of the poem. Does it tell a
    story? Does it paint a picture or feeling? What is its general point of view?
    [At this stage, don’t worry about understanding every single line or word!!]

  2. Look for structural patterns, rhyme and meter (if any):
  3. Then look for individual poetic devices and techniques:


Writing an Analysis: