Critical Appreciation Of A Poem

How does one write a critical appreciation of a poem?

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There is more than one way to approach/write a critical appreciation of a poem, but generally, it is a good idea to determine the meaning of the poem as well as its context, and to also identify the elements and structure of the poem. These two things should then be tied together and used to determine the poem's effectiveness. 

 


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The best starting point when writing a critical appreciation of a poem is to determine what the author's message or theme is. Once you determine this key point, the rest of the paper falls into place much easier.

I tell my students to next look at the author's tone. What is the author's attitude toward the subject of the poem? How do you know? What words do they use to convey that tone? You can then discuss how the tone is important to the theme of the poem.

It's important to then look for literary elements you're familiar with. Do you see a simile? What about great imagery? Is there an example of personification ? Once you find these, the key point to remember is that the...

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