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SOME OF THE THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING ABOUT POEM Sourced by Yeo Yam Hwee For Classroom and Revision Purposes.
How to analyse a poem?TITLE Our first encounter with a poem is its title. The title generally gives you a good insight into the poem. Poets choose their titles very carefully to communicate their ideas and experiences to their audience. Questions to consider are: Why has the poet chosen this title? Do you think the title is suitable? Why?
How to analyse a poem?SUBJECT MATTER The subject matter is the content of the poem. It is what the poem is about: it may be a description of a person, animal or scene; an emotional experience; a story; or perhaps an idea or plea of some kind. The key question is: What is the poem about?
How to analyse a poem?Purpose and Theme Poets write for a purpose and have a message or theme for their audience. Some of the major themes of poetry through the centuries are love, death, war, old age, time, joy, friendship and sadness. Here we need to consider: What is the poet’s purpose?
How to analyse a poem?Emotions, tones and moods Poetry is often concerned with emotions: poets express all kinds of feelings in their poetry – sadness, joy, anger, jealousy, love, fear, hope and sorrow. When a poet expresses a deeply felt emotion, the audience is also often affected by it. Questions to consider are: What emotions are being expressed by the poet? What particular words arouse emotions? What emotions are aroused in us as we read the poem?
How to analyse a poem?FORM A poem can take a considerable number of forms. It may take the form of a parody, a metaphor, a ballad, a haiku or an ode. The poet may have decided to use free verse. The questions to ask are: How is the poem structured? Is the form of the poem suitable for the poet’s message? Why?
How to analyse a poem?LITERARY TECNIQUES and DEVICES The tools of the poet are words. The poet’s choice of words stimulates the audience’s imagination, emotion and senses.
How to analyse a poem?IMAGERY (FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE) An important technique of the poet is the use of comparisons such as similes, metaphors or personification. By using these tools, the poet positions the reader to observe familiar objects with a deeper and clearer vision. The question to ask is: Why do the poet’s images and comparisons engage the audience’s attention?
How to analyse a poem?Stimulating the senses By appealing to the audience’s senses of sight, sound, touch or smell, the poet enables the audience to become more involved in the poem. Consider the question: How does the poet appeal to the audience’s senses?
How to analyse a poem?Onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance andrhymePoets give vitality or musical quality to theirwords, actions and ideas through the soundsthey create using the above techniques. Weneed to ask the question: How do thesounds created by the poet make the imagesand experiences in the poem more vivid?
How to analyse a Poem?RHYTHM The rhythm of a poem is the beat created by the poet’s words. Through the use of heavy and light stresses, poets are able to evoke all kinds of rhythms, such as the movements of horses going into battle, ships sailing through the water, a train climbing a mountain or even a falcon flying through the air. Consider these questions: What use is the rhythm in the poem? Is the rhythm appropriate to the mood and ideas of the poem?