Poetry Analysis Worksheet
A step-by-step guide to reading and understanding poetry
If there is a title – does it define the subject matter of the poem’s focus?
Read the poem silently to gain a first impression.
What is the narrative in the poem (what is happening?)
Make some notes on your first impressions.
Read the poem again – carefully, analytically and out loud.
Take note of punctuation; notice images that stand out; listen to the rhyming pattern
and the rhythm of the words
Identify the obvious meaning and then look for implied meaning (s). What do you think
the poet is trying to say?
Consolidation – Putting it all together
Read the poem again to consolidate your appreciation of its meaning.
Identify the main theme of the poem