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Analyzing Poetry

5) Structure -Describe how the poem is organized or divided up. -Discuss the meaning of any lines that are repeated or separated out.

7) THEME: The theme is the life lesson or moral of the poem. Find the theme by putting together everything you have already examined in the poem. -State the theme in a complete, meaningful statement.

4) Point of View -Who is speaking? -What is the speaker's purpose?

6) Sound and Tone -Identify the rhyme scheme. -Highlight any examples of figurative language that appeal to sound: alliteration, assonance, and onomatopoeia. Determine the tone they add to the poem: happy, sad, angry, funny? -Highlight any other words that show the tone or mood of the poem.

3) Figurative Meaning: -Look for and explain examples of metaphor, simiile, allusion, personification, imagery, hyperbole, juxtaposition, irony, and puns.

1) Read the poem through once to get the general idea. Then read it again, line by line, including the title. -Write the gist, or overall impression, you first get from the poem.

2) Literal Meaning: -Underline phrases that mean exactly what they say. -Look up and write down the meaning of words or terms you don't already know.

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