# Poetry Analysis – Wie analysiere ich ein Gedicht?08:24 min

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Hi, my name is Camilla and I come from England and welcome to the video about poetry analysis. I'm going to be speaking in English the whole time, so maybe you should have a dictionary handy in case there are any words you don't understand. In this video I'm going to show you the order that you can analyze a poem in and what to watch out for - so things that you should focus on. And lastly for each focus point I will give you some useful phrases that you can use in your poetry analysis. And before we get going a useful tip: Remember to read the poem out loud. Most people forget this, but poetry was written to be heard and not just to be read. Great, let's start.   So, after having read the poem a few times you can start by looking at: - What is the subject? What's the situation? This includes what happens in the poem, where it is and when the poem takes place. Some phrases you could use are: - The poem deals with... or - The poem is about... - The poem describes or conveys or presents... - In the poem there is a feeling of... and - The poem shows... or - The poem appears to show...   Next you could look at who the speaker is or the narrator of the poem. And who are the characters in the poem? So you should focus on whether they are male or female or if they are even human. Some phrases you could use in this section: - The narrator of the poem is... - The poem is adressed to... - The speaker wishes to express... and - The function of the narrator is... or - The function of the characters is...     After that we can go a bit deeper into the poem. And this means looking at what type of poem it is or the form of the poem and what rhyme it has or rhyme scheme. And look at the form, what rhythm it has or the rhyme scheme. In this section you can use the relevant words you've learned such as "sonnet" or "limerick". Following phrases might be useful: - The structure of the poem is... - It is possible to recognise the form - The clear rhyming patterns reveal... - The poem has a strong or a weak or a regular rhythm, which...     Now it would be a good idea to look at the vocabulary and the word order. So to look at the register, which means whether the poem is formal or informal, and to identify any unknown words that you may have to check, or maybe they have been written for a purpose. Here are some useful phrases: - The vocabulary creates an atmosphere or a feeling of... - The unusual or relaxed or rigid word order shows... - With such floral/serious/humorous language... - Formal or informal vocabulary, as we see here, creates or makes or demonstrates...     Now we can go even deeper into the poem and look at figurative language or imagery that is used. And in this section you'll have to use the literary terms that you have learned like "Metaphor" or "Simile", you can look at whether things are repeated, whether there is a lot of repetition and a particular choice of vocabulary appears in the poem. For example, you can say: - The frequent use of metaphors displays... - In this simile the image of is portrayed. - Through the powerful allegory one can see that... - Onomatopoeia appears in several places and has the function of...     Now it would be a good idea to look at the poet's attitude and his opinion and his approach. In other words, you want to look at the content of the poem and what the poet might be trying to tell the reader, what message he is writing about and the techniques he uses in order to convey this message. The following phrases may be useful: - The poet wants to express or ask for or protest against or convey... - The poet tries to persuade or convince the reader that... - Judging by ___ it is possible that the poet wishes to... - According to the poet, the poem or subject is... This last phrase you could use in particular if you had read a critique.     It is a good idea to end on your opinion about the poem. So, what do you think of the poem? You should consider the effect it is had on you and how you feel. And don't be afraid to say whether you liked the poem or not. So, you could say: - In my opinion, the piece or poem or rhyme scheme is successful because... - The poem had the effect of making me feel thoughtful or melancholy or happy. - I felt, as a reader, that...     Fantastic, we are at the end. And if you work though that structure you should be able to analyse a poem in English with no problems. So, just remember: - Read the poem out loud. - Analyse with a clear structure and don't forget to express your own opinion. It's very important.   So, thanks very much for listening and good luck with your analysis.   See you soon, bye!

4 Kommentare
1. tomorrow Ill write my Abitur-Klausur. I hope that my classmates will
not be disturbed when - as suggested by you - ill read the poem loud
before anlaysing it (joke!)

Von Robert Spieß, vor mehr als 2 Jahren
2. Even I could learn something about the poetry analysis and i had a semester abroad in Canada, North Van. :)

Von Dari, vor etwa 4 Jahren
3. Great :)

Von Kevin Wojcik, vor etwa 5 Jahren
4. ...

Von Deleted User 35531, vor mehr als 5 Jahren