An in-depth analysis of Roy Campbell’s poem “The Zebras” could encompass a number of things. As long as you’re thinking about the poem in a thoughtful, nuanced way, you should be fine.
One way to start your analysis might be to focus on how the poem sounds. You could focus on the different rhyme patterns. You could also spotlight words that the average person might not hear or read everyday—words like “zithering,” “fillies,” or “volted.” You could analyze how the unique word choices connect to the distinctive beauty of the zebras.
Perhaps sound doesn’t interest you. Another way to analyze the poem is by digging into its themes. This might seem redundant. Obviously, the theme is zebras. Yet within that theme, there’s probably other themes.
One theme I picked up on was that of technology. Throughout the poem, Campbell seems to hint at a link between zebras and other object that move about. He refers to the zebras’ “electric tremors” in the middle of the poem....
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