“Eating Poetry” by Mark Strand – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

“Eating Poetry” begins by the author eating poetry books. The ink is still dripping from the author’s mouth. The librarian can’t believe her eyes. The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming towards her. She stamps her feet and cries. The author then gets on his knees and licks her hand and celebrates his new found self. Continue Reading

“Deer Hit” by Jon Loomis – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

The author tells the reader to remember a time when they were seventeen and drunk, driving home in their father’s station wagon at 3:00 AM on a two-lane curvy road in the middle of nowhere. A deer jumps out, you don’t see it. You try to steer clear but still manage to hit the deer as you wind up in the ditch with a busted up car. The deer, however, is still alive, barely. You pick up the deer and put it in the backseat and drive home. Midway through the drive, the deer wakes up and bites you but soon passes out. Once you get home, your dad freaks out, gets a concrete brick, and kills the deer. The poem ends by mentioning how all your life you leave a trail a ruin even though you try to fix the problem you created. Continue Reading

Snow by David Berman – Analysis and Poem

Synopsis

This poem follows two brothers who are outside in winter. The two brothers are walking through a field and see snow angels. The younger brother asks who made the snow angels. The older brother tells him that it was a troop of angels whom had been shot and dissolved. The younger brother continues to ask questions about who shot them and why. The older brother says a farmer shot them for trespassing. The narrator then finishes by saying the outdoors is like a room. Continue Reading

What You Need to Know to Comprehend Poetry

Understanding poetry is sometimes a difficult task, especially when you are new to the genre. Not to mention that when you are dealing with older poetry the more difficult it can be to uncover the true meaning of the writing. Nonetheless, the more we understand poetic elements, figures of speech, vocabulary, and sometimes the life or culture of the author, the better we will comprehend the poem.

Poetic elements are an extremely important part of poetry since poets use these elements to dictate the rhythm, structure, and meaning of the writing. Elements of poetry also serve as a tool for descriptions. Meter, cadence, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, repetition, and others are used quite often and are important to the emotions and interpretation of the reader. Readers should be able to identify an element and its purpose in that particular poem. Continue Reading

An Outline for How to Write a Poetry Explication

Writing a poetry explication may sound like a difficult job, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you explain the poem, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about. But how do we go about doing that?
Actually, there are many ways to analyze a poem. But I’ll go ahead and go through some basic steps to help you out.

To prepare

Step 1: Read a short biography about the author. This is so you can have a feel for what a poem may be referring to when you attempt to interpret it. Of course, this isn’t always a must. It depends on you or your teacher.

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