Analysis of poetry
Who is the speaker?
The speaker can be a voice meditating a theme or it can be a specific person.
When analyzing poetry, it is also important to consider the pont of view of the speaker.
What is the subject?
The subject is what the poem is about; there should be a clear difference from the theme. Ideally, the subject is on word amd can help establish the author’s tone.
What is the mood?
The mood is the reader’s emotional response to the piece of literature (poetry). In essence, it answers,”what are my feelings or emotions from the poem?’
What is the tone?
The tone is the attitude the author takes towards the subject or character.
For example: serious, humourous, ironic, and satirical.
What is imagery?
Imagery is language the evokes the five senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch.
What is the form of the poem?
Rhyme is the pattern of the words. Rhythm is the movement of the poem, how it is broken up. It’s the “pulse” of the poem.
What is the theme?
The theme is the general insight or idea about life that the writer wishes to express.
As well, the theme can often be states in a simple sentence.
Example: after reading this poem.( I think the writer wants me to understand..)
What is figurative language?
All literature contains figurative language (connotative language); it is the deeper meaning. Can be broken down into sub-categories such as: speech, sound, and repetition.
Mood is how we feel and the tone is how the author wants you to feel.
How do I cite poetry properly?
When you use direct quotes it is important to cite properly to prevent plagiarism
Use double quotation marks around the direct quote
Have a lead in for the quote
If the passage you are quoting end with a period, omit it because the end punctuation will take its place. If it ends with any other end punctuation, leave it within the quotation marks.
Indicate the end of one line and the beginning of the next line with a forward slash spaced separately from the tet.
At the end of the quote, include in brackets the line number.