Poetry Analysis Template
You need to be able to answer all of these questions about your poem. After you have
Gathered all of this information, you will be ready to write a script that you will be able
To use to explain your poem to the audience.
1. What is the name of your poem?
What is the name of your poet?
3. What is the date (or approximate date) of your poem’s publication?
What other relevant background information can you tell us? This could
Include details about the author, details about the time period the poem was
Written in, or any other interesting tidbits of information. You shouldhave at
Least one or two things to say.
What is the overall form of the poem. That is, what genre or type of poetry is
Your poem? If you have no idea what form of poem you are studying, a good
List of different forms is found at
2. What is the structure of your poem? That is, how many stanzas does it have?
How many lines does it have? Is there a pattern to the line and stanza
What is the rhyme scheme of your poem?
1. Discuss what the overall meaning of your poem is. Avoid one sentence
Answers. You need to expand on your answer. Most poems make several
Interesting points and you need to explain as many of them as you can.
2. Discuss how this poem relates to your life, and/or to life in general.
Figurative Language and Poetic Techniques:
Identify several (four would be the bare minimum – you can likely find more)
Examples of figurative language and poetic techniques in your poem. Explain
Why these are significant to the poem’s meaning. Examples could include:
Alliteration, irony, metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, repetition,
Imagery. They could also include symbolism, contrast, paradox, oxymoron,
Assonance, consonance and many more that we have not studied in class).