analyzing a poem

1.Choose a poem listed below and read it

  • “The Act”
  • “At a Certain Age”
  • “For a Father”
  • “Making a Fist”

2. Write an assignment (200 words long) in which you explain (don’t just summarize or re-state) the following:

  • The moment: What event, observation, feeling, memory, experience or occasion is being recounted or described in this poem?
  • The feeling: Who is the speaker and how do they feel about the subject they are exploring in this poem? What words or phrases are used to clearly portray the speaker’s feeling?
  • The punch: What is the purpose of this poem? What expression or statement is being made? What dynamic elements are used to make the purpose clear? Where is the poem most powerful?

Write in clear and complete sentences, proofread carefully, and be sure to include the name of the poem and poet. There are no formatting requirements. You are encouraged to use quotations from the poem (be sure to cite them) to support or illustrate your points, but otherwise, don’t consult any outside sources or website.


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