Whats the best way to anaylise a poem?
? Read it first and to get a feel for what it’s about.
? Now read for detail. Make a note on what the poet is saying in each stanza.
? Now look at the poem word by word. See if you can identify key words, words that seem to be expressing the main meaning.
? Ask yourself, ‘why has the poet used this word?’ What is he/she trying to say? Do this with figurative language – especially similes and metaphors.
? Does the poet use any particular sounds for emphasis – e.g. alliteration/ assonance?
? Now look at the stanza structure. Is there a rhyming scheme.
? What about the meter of each line – is it or regular or is there a clear rhythm?
? These are the key features you need to look at.