1. Home
  2. Engelskspråklig litteratur og kulturChevronRight
  3. Literary analysisChevronRight
  4. How to Analyze PoetryChevronRight
SubjectMaterialFagstoff

Fagartikkel

How to Analyze Poetry

Poetry is the shortest form of literary expression and if you know where to look, poems are all around us.

Female college student thinking
Student thinking about task

Poetry is a form of expression. The poet uses his/her own personal and private language which leaves poetry open to different interpretations. Although the poet may have had one specific idea or purpose in mind, the reader’s response may be completely different. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you may interpret poetry any way you wish. All interpretations must be supported by direct reference to the text. As with any type of literary analysis, you need a basic knowledge of the elements of poetry. The following guide and questions will help you.

  • Read the poem in its entirety to get a general impression.
  • What is the poem about?
  • What is the title of the poem?
  • Who is speaker or narrative voice of the poem
  • To whom is the speaker speaking?
  • What is the purpose of the poem: to describe, amuse, entertain, narrate, inform, express grief, celebrate or commemorate?
  • What is the tone of the poem? Sad, happy, melancholy, bitter?

For a more detailed study of poetry click here


Læringsressurser

Literary analysis

Hva er kjernestoff og tilleggsstoff?
SubjectEmne

Fagstoff

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Language of Poetry

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Rhythm (advanced)

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Sound

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Themes

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Write Your Own Short-Story

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    A Collection of Literary Animations

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    How to Write a Gothic Short-Story

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Writing a Literary Essay

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Suggested Topics for Essay Writing

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Rough Guide to Literary Style

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    "Whodunit" - The Classic Crime Plot

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Style and Angle

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Literature in Theory

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Literature in the Classroom

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Text Appeal

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    More than Entertainment

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Old Ideas Still Rule

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Three Biblical Texts

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Link Library

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Planning the Year

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Suggested Themes for Oral Presentation

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    One to Read

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
SubjectEmne

Oppgaver og aktiviteter

  • TasksAndActivitiesOppgaver og aktiviteter

    Task: Find the Literary Devices

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • TasksAndActivitiesOppgaver og aktiviteter

    Check Your Literary Vocabulary

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • TasksAndActivitiesOppgaver og aktiviteter

    Literary Terms Quiz

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • TasksAndActivitiesOppgaver og aktiviteter

    Task: Short Story Analysis

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • TasksAndActivitiesOppgaver og aktiviteter

    The Rough Guide to Literary Style - Tasks and Activities

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • TasksAndActivitiesOppgaver og aktiviteter

    Literary Style - A Comparative Study

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • TasksAndActivitiesOppgaver og aktiviteter

    Why I Love Reading (audio)

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • TasksAndActivitiesOppgaver og aktiviteter

    How to Make an Oral Presentation

    Tilleggsstoff
    AdditionalTilleggstoff