analyze a poem

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Next, decide which poem you want to do for your analysis (see p. 2). You may also choose 10-15 lines from a section of Paradise Lost you would like to analyze.

Once you have chosen which poem you want to analyze, do the following:

  • Paraphrase the poem line by line (Exception: if you have chosen Lovelace’s To Althea, From Prison, Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress, or Marvell’s The Mower’s Song, you may paraphrase every 3-4 lines or every stanza).
  • Using ART WARS, tell what the poem is about (A).
  • Using the remaining elements of ART WARS, choose 3 of the 6 to comment on:
    • Repeated themes/ideas
    • Tone
    • Words
    • Alliteration
    • Rhyme/Rhythm
    • Structure
  • Tell us why you chose this poem to analyze. How did it speak to you?
  • Create a question to ask the class about your poem. “You” questions can work very well.

Don’t just say “I see alliteration here” or “These words rhyme”, but be sure to explain what effect these elements have on the poem overall.

400- 500 words

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School: Rice University




Poem Analysis


Poem analysis – Song

Love a child is ever crying;
Please him, and he straight is flying;
Give him he the more is craving,
Never satisfied with having.
His desire have no measure;
Endless folly is his treasure;
What he promiseth he breaketh.
Trust not one word that he speaketh.
He vows nothing but false matter,
And to cozen you he'll flatter.
Let him gain the hand, he'll leave you,
And still glory to deceive you.
He will triumph in your wailing,
And yet cause be of your failing.
These his virtues are, and slighter
Are his gifts, his favours lighter.



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