Tag: Poetry

Important Stages

Important Stages As daunting as they may appear, poems are NOT the enemy! Let’s walk through some important stages in analysing a poem. (a)              Subject – i.e. what is the poem about? (b)             Tone – i.e. getting a sense of how the poet feels about his/her subject matter (poet’s attitude) (c)              Mood – i.e. effect…...

The Breakdown: What you should ask yourself

The Breakdown: What you should ask yourself (1)SUBJECT Ask the questions: WHAT, WHO, WHEN, WHERE! What is the poem about? – What is happening in the poem? – What/Who is being described? – Where is it taking place? – When is it happening? – What is being done/said/talked about/argued/expressed? (2) TONE How does the poet…...

Analysing Poetry

There are different ways to analyse poetry. The method presented here is broken down into bite sized sections so that it is easier to understand. These sections are in no particular order. When you have a poem before you and you are about to begin your analysis, the first thing you should do is read…...