August 1

Poetry Analysis

Poetry, like songs, use a range of devices to get their message across. There are a few film clips below, which show how some of those poetic devices are used in popular culture and song lyrics – the context with which you are most familiar. Poetry uses poetic devices in the same way, with the addition of a few more techniques.

This first clip is worthwhile watching, despite the sound problems in the first and last minutes of the clip.

Similes and Metaphors in Pop Culture 2! from Mr. Wasko on Vimeo.

Now look at the following websites, which contain definitions of poetic devices and give examples. Write your own notes on these devices:

Poetic devices and examples

Poetry Glossary

Definitions of Poetic Devices

Analysing Poetry

Guidelines for Poetry Analysis

Here’s the analysis of a short poem ‘The Eagle’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson:

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