Poetry analysis Essay outline
Attention-getter (question, quote, fact)
Title and Author
Clear Thesis that names the key elements to be analyzed
Meaning and message
Surface meaning (what is happening in the poem?)
Deeper meaning (what is the poem actually about?)
Theme (what is the message about life?)
Who is speaking? Persona?
What is the speaker’s tone about the subject?
What is your proof? Reasons?
Figures of speech
What figures of speech compare
What figure of speech revel
Why they were used/ Reasons
Why were they used? What did the sound effects add to the poem?
Identify the symbol(s)
Explain what they represent
Repeat the thesis in different words
Summarize main points
Relate the poem to broader themes in life. What can we learn from it?
He is that a fallen lance that lies as hurled
that lies unlifted now come dew come rust
but still lies pointed as it ploughed the dust
if we who sight along it round the world
see nothing worthy to have been its mark
it is because like men we look to near
forgetting that as fitted to the sphere
our missiles always make to short an arc
they fall the rip the grass they intersect
the curve of earth and striking break their own
they make us cringe for metal point on stone
but this we know the obstacle that checked
and tripped the body shot the spirit on
further than target ever showed or shone
Robert Frost Poem Analysis: A Soldier
“They make us cringe for metal-point on stone”
The author of the poem is trying to get people to see the bigger picture. That every effort to help the world is needed even from a soldier who is soon forgotten after death.
In the poem it talks about a fallen soldier but they refer to him as a fallen lance, that lies unmoving; unchanging. But as he just lies there...