How does one write a critical appreciation to a poem?
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In this context, “critical” means paying attention to the elements of construction – rhyme scheme, meter, stanza arrangement, imagery, etc. – that give the poem its balance, beauty, and effectiveness. Writing an “appreciation” requires a dissection of the way the poet has achieved his/her effects, and should be constructed like any essay – introduction, body, conclusion, paying particular attention to those elements that give poetry its signature – succinctness, “concentrated word magic.” If other poems by the same poet are known, you may discuss how this poem differs from or emulates the poet’s “normal” style; in a longer appreciation, you may also discuss the “age” or “style” of the poem – Romantic, Victorian, etc. -- and you might discuss the generic style – sonnet, ode, etc.
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