How to analyze a poem


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How to analyze a poem

  1. 1. How to Analyze Poetry C5 English Ms. Omneya Abdelhamid Oasis 2011-2012
  2. 2. How to Approach Poetry <ul><li>Poetry may always seem very difficult. </li></ul><ul><li>Most students may dislike or fear poetry </li></ul><ul><li>However, it’s the easiest because there are never right and wrong answers. </li></ul><ul><li>It is up to your interpretations as long as you can justify them!!! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Analyze the Title <ul><li>Analyze the title first. </li></ul><ul><li>What do you predict this poem will be about? </li></ul><ul><li>Write down your predictions. </li></ul>
  4. 4. READ THE POEM!!!! Read the poem more than once
  5. 5. Paraphrase the poem <ul><li>Paraphrasing is putting something in your own words. </li></ul><ul><li>After reading the poem, rewrite it in your own words. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you try to figure out what the difficult words mean. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Look for Figurative Language <ul><li>Analyze the figures of speech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metaphors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alliteration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbolism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hyperboles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imagery </li></ul></ul>simile implied metaphor direct metaphor personification HYPERBOLE meter onomatopoeia RHYME alliteration ASSONANCE apostrophe diction
  7. 7. TONE <ul><li>Tone is the attitude of the speaker toward the subject of the poem. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Happy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sad/ Depressed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intimate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggressive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Note that the tone may change throughout the poem </li></ul>
  8. 8. THEME <ul><li>Theme: The message of the poem </li></ul><ul><li>What does the author want us to learn </li></ul><ul><li>What is the poet trying to say about life? </li></ul>