Compose body paragraphs that effectively support your interpretation of the poem and explain how the poem conveys this message.

Reread the poem. Prewrite to discover what you believe is the poem’s most significant meaning and the ways in which that meaning is conveyed (which you will likely discover are generally inseparable). This meaning will be your essay’s thesis statement:
Using poetry terms consider the elements of the poem and how they function together. This will help you arrive at what you believe is the poem’s theme(s) or meaning(s). Your Poetry Analysis should discuss some (not all) of the elements that are most significant to your thesis statement.
Develop a strong, clear thesis statement that articulates your unique insight and interpretation of the message in the poem you have chosen.
Explain your ideas about the poem in a well-organized essay. Compose body paragraphs that effectively support your interpretation of the poem and explain how the poem conveys this message. Consider your “Poetry Terms” and the poem’s speaker, audience, setting, plot, structure, imagery, diction, language, tone, sounds, rhythms, etc. It is often helpful to divide the poem into more accessible parts, though you should not depend solely on the poem’s superficial structure for your essay’s organization (i.e., avoid writing chronologically as you would in a poetry explication by starting out “In line one, the poet says …,” “In line two, the poet says …,” etc.) Refer to your “Literary Terms” and “Poetic Terms” on Canvas and include some of these terms to best communicate your ideas. Also refer to Ch. 8 on poetry in our textbooks for instruction and examples pgs. 398-428
If pertinent, you may want to consider possible objections and alternative interpretations and respond to them.
Check that you have an introduction that charts your key points and makes obvious your thesis.
Check that you have a conclusion that brings closure to your essay.
Proofread for grammar, spelling, word choice, wordiness, transitions, sentence structure, verb tense, academic tone (for example, avoid slang and contractions), length, and following assignment directions.
Compose a creative, compelling title that communicates to your audience what your essay is about.