Poetry Analysis Essay

Poetry

Poetry Analysis Essay

  • Choose one poem from Perrine’s Literature that we’ve read so far.
  • Pay close attention to the relationship between form and meaning.
  • In a well-written essay, analyze how the literary techniques used in this poem contribute to its meaning.
  • Discuss how poetic elements, such as language, structure, imagery, and point of view, convey meaning in a poem. Use poetic terms we’ve been studying.
  • (Suggested length 2-3 pages)
  • Rough Draft due Thursday, October 31!
  • Typed Final Draft due Tuesday, November 5!

 

AP Lit Poetry Homework – Due 10/17

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All poetry pages numbers the textbook, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense.

For Thursday 10/17:

  • “Denotation and Connotation” (686-699)
  • “Imagery” (700-713)

Also, read the following Metaphysical poems by George Herbert:

  • “The Pulley” (884)
  • “Virtue” (843)

Students need to complete SOAPStone graphic organizers for three poems of your choice, also due Thursday, 10/17:

  • Speaker: Who is the speaker of the poem? What do you know about him or her?
  • Occasion: What is the occasion of the poem? What is the event that prompts the speaker to speak?
  • Audience: To whom is the speaker speaking? What do you know about him or her?
  • Purpose: What is the purpose of the poem? Why do you think the poet wrote the poem?
  • Subject: What is the subject of the poem? (This is a different from “what is the topic of the poem?”)
  • Tone: What is the tone of the poem? What is the speaker’s attitude toward the subject of the poem?
  • One Final Idea to Ponder – Theme: What is the theme of the poem? What is the poet pointing out about people, society, or life? State the theme succinctly.

Here are some resources for the SOAPStone questions:

AP Lit Poetry Homework

poetry

We’re starting the next textbook, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense.

For Tuesday 10/15:

  • “What is Poetry” (647-667)
  • “Reading the Poem” (668-685)

Also, read the following Metaphysical poems by John Donne:

  • “The Good Morrow” (Donne, 957)
  • “Song” (Donne, 958)
  • “The Triple Fool” (Donne, 959)