I’ve met people of practical and technical professions who considered poetry as a waste of words. But I knew an engineer and a surgeon who created amazing poetry secretly from their wives and community in which they served.
I’ve been writing my poetry since 10. I remember how a teacher of English proudly read a few poems of a girl who was a year older than me. I was more than just fascinated by those stanzas. I was envious too. Something inside me said I could do better. And I actually did.
I began to read more classic poems and tried that amateur verse which I’m ashamed to show anybody today. Writing poems needs a lot of training.
Of course, there are some ingenious individuals who can do it haven’t been even a day at school. We know them as little geniuses. Howard Gardner, the Harvard psychologist, affirms that precocity of many genius people becomes apparent in lyrical poetry.
“Lyric poetry is a domain where talent is discovered early, burns brightly, and then peters out at an early age.” Howard Gardner
However, there are always those who write and those who analyze and criticize us. With their bad or good help, we learn how to survive against offensive reviews and comments.
A good writer can learn how to write when he analyzes different poets’ techniques, style, and language. So, today we’ll learn how to analyze poems. Perhaps, in future, it will help you write a good poetry analysis for a high school task or craft your unique piece of writing.
How to analyze a poem with a set of questions?
To find out about the context of analyzed poem
To figure out the style when analyzing a poem
To uncover the meaning of your poem’s title
Focusing on Opening, Main Body, and Closing lines
When there are good poems to analyze…
Students often google a common question “How do you analyze a poem by...?”. They expect to get a complete analysis they could use as an example.
However, the problem is that every student should present their personal understanding and impression from the same poem.
Usually, tutors give a particular verse to analyze considering their syllabus requirements. Yet, if you are assigned to make your own choice, use the Guardian’s list of the best poems that can be analyzed.
For instance, I chose a poem by my favorite writer Emily Dickinson “Because I Couldn’t Stop for Death” to demonstrate you how to manage analysis of great poems. All the answers look raw because this is how they should be at the first stage of your analysis.
Death, Immortality, Eternity, a woman who traveled with a death and farewelled
A dead woman beside her Death.
The audience is unclear since the author narrates more than addresses someone.
To describe the beauty of immortality.
It is elate and a character is almost excited with the trip.
Imagery - the picture you draw from 5 senses: taste, see, feel, hear, smell
Emily Dickinson “Because I Couldn’t Stop for Death”
It is also important to describe symbols, similes, metaphors.
Lamb, Trochee, Spondee, Dactyl, and Anapest.
For instance, the main idea of Emily Dickinson’s poem is to bring the death concept as the part of our immortality. It is a transition to the eternity.