Poems are said to be the outlet of feelings, the reflection of the writer’s soul, or they are melodies written in rhyming or non-rhyming words. With the beauty it is defined, many are still incapable of getting the context of poem’s significance. The cause may be lacked of interest as for some cannot see the beauty of its content. If this is the case, there is a need for those many to analyze better and strive harder in getting to know the relevance of the poem.
Inevitable as it is, student as you are, there is a need for you to engage in intense studying if you desire to have a great future ahead. As part of training, teachers give you daily learning exercises through seat works, quizzes, assignments and creative presentations. Talking about these, we cannot take away poem analysis from being involved.
Each poem has a story to tell. It reflects the spectacle which stimulated the authors to pursue in writing such. For you to be able to understand further the essence of a literary piece specially poems, there is a need for you to be involved in a focused analysis.
Take these guidelines on how to analyze a poem better:
1. Repetitive reading of the poem
The intention of reading the poem is to take a glimpse of the beauty described by the author - scenario, wishes and desires for someone, gratitude, or a direct experience. Reading the poem several times is a way to a better comprehension. Initial readings may only take you to the theme of the poem and the shallow issues. The more you carefully stay with the lines, the more you get the clearer picture of the writer’s intention. Reading it several times will take you to classify the different aspects of the poem – the organization, the rhyming words, the figures of speech being used and idioms.
2. Read the poem aloud.
You must understand that poems are meant to be read aloud. How the lines are said complements the writer’s way of expressing. It is more likely taking over the author’s role. In this way, you can get the context of the poet’s emotions. Even more, the clear picture you successfully viewed in reading it redundantly would make it an imaginary moving picture.
3. Take note of the key points
There are different key points in a poem. These include sentence construction, rhyme, and imagery.
Sentence Construction: By reading merely on sentences, you may seem to understand the struggle of emotions of the person writing. When you happen to meet run-on sentences (sentences, which have two main clauses but combined with no punctuation marks or conjunctions), it shows the confusion of the writer of what he was trying to deliver. While for full sentences, you can feel the writer’s certainty. You must also take note of the punctuation marks for they are the key players of emotions in the sentence. Here comes also the choice of words and the figures of speech.
Rhyme: Rhyme scheme owns a role in poetry. It stresses the feelings of the writer in every line. Thus, reading it aloud is necessary to find out the emotion of every rhyming line. Mostly, the rhyme scheme depends on the sentence construction.
Imagery: Surely, at every initial reading you do, you would be able to get the picture of the story. Using the images in your mind and mix them with the sentence construction and the rhyming lines, you will get a more lucid idea of the poem.
4. Getting the idea through interpretation
After you have gathered some clues of the poem’s essence – the key points, you are now ready to interpret them. Here comes the analysis. There is no fixed interpretation of the poem as they say, but you will get things closer and clearer if you use the key points exactly as how they should be in getting the right background of the poem.
5. Writing the Interpretation
After the interpretation, you must settle all those and be ready to write them. Be sure to organize them well in pattern with the poem. Commendably, you may put your personal comments on the last paragraphs.