Writing About Poetry

Report
Umbrella Feature/Aspect
Supporting Feature 1
Supporting Feature 2
Supporting Feature 3
The Umbrella Feature +
Supporting Features = Theme
Whole Picture/Aspect/Dominant Feature
Feature 1
 The
Umbrella Feature + Supporting
Features = Theme
Feature 2
Feature 3
The Whole Picture + Supporting Features = Theme
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Include author and title of poem
Identify theme of poem
Identify aspect of poem (aka: the dominant
feature/the umbrella feature, the overall painting)
Identify at least 2 supporting features of poem (aka:
under the umbrella, elements of the painting)
Be able to discuss what is going on in the poem
accurately during your analysis(summary)
Show how supporting features make up the
aspect/umbrella feature
Show how the supporting features and aspect
communicate the theme of the poem
Use quotes to support statements
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4 paragraphs
› Introduction
 IVF statement, theme statement, and thesis
statement naming aspect and features
› 1st Body paragraph
 Explain feature 1, its connection to the aspect, and
its connection to theme
 Follow proper body paragraph format
› 2nd Body paragraph
 Explain feature 2, its connection to the aspect, and
its connection to theme
 Follow proper body paragraph format
› Conclusion
 Summary of ideas
 Universal statement – usually relates to theme
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Imagery
Tone
Mood
Sound
Irony
Characterization
Setting
Metaphor
Symbol
Speaker
diction
› Remember, when looking at literary features, always ask
yourself: SO WHAT? WHY DID THE AUTHOR USE/INCLUDE
THIS? WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
The poem “American Primitive” by
William Jay Smith ______________________.
_________________________________________.
A mood of _______________ is created by
the author’s ____________________and
___________________which communicates
the message ____________________________.
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Feature 1 Body Paragraph
› Topic Sentence – Feature 1
 Smith uses ______________ to effectively create
______________________.
› RDF/Quote (remember, embed those quotes!)
› How that supports feature 1
› How that supports aspect
› RDF/Quote (remember, embed those quotes!)
› How that supports feature 1
› How that supports aspect
› Tie to theme
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Remember when embedding quotes and discussing
quotes, to put them in context of the poem.
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