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Poem Analysis for Beginners

Analyze an assigned poem for English courses. Students are often frustrated when asked to analyze a poem. There is a simple step-by-step process anyone can go through to make a good analysis for your English professors or high school teachers. In this solution I will show you how to write a worthy analysis for a poem.

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Many students make the mistake of thinking poetry has a hidden meaning. This is simply not true. Most of the poems we study in college English courses are accessible. All a student needs to know is how to approach (systematically) the exercise we call analysis. Here is an example. Please go to these sites first and read My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke. The first link is for the poem; the second is for an analysis.



What is interesting about this poem is that it has two distinct and opposite approaches to analysis. Many who have critiqued the poem have said it's a poem about joy; however, others have noted it's about an abusive relationship. I lean toward the later interpretation because of the evidence the language provides. This is the basis for all good analyses of ...

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This solution is intended to give the student one step by step methodology for writing an essay to analyze a poem. A popular assignment for beginning English courses.