In one word, how would you describe a poem?
Analyzing poetry involves understanding the poem's structure, figures of speech, and themes. Look for symbols, patterns, and other literary devices to gain a deeper understanding of the poem. Discuss the poem's meaning with classmates to get different perspectives.
Understanding Poetry Analysis
Poetry Analysis: the examination of a poem’s meaning and structure to gain a better understanding of how the parts work together to create the whole. Figurative Language: words or phrases that are not used in their literal sense, but rather create a vivid mental image for the reader. Rhyme Scheme: the pattern of end rhymes in a poem or song, shown with letters to indicate which lines rhyme with each other.
The oldest known poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh, which was written over 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. The first known book of poetry was written in the 15th century by the Chinese poet Qu Yu. The word 'poetry' comes from the Greek word 'poiesis' which means 'to make'.
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Work together in pairs: Q: What is the main purpose of a poem?
What emotions or feelings does the poem evoke in you and how does the poet use language to create those emotions or feelings?
Work together in pairs: What is the main theme of the poem you just read?
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