Poetry Analysis Examples
Example I: Poetry Analysis of Robert Frost's "Fire and Ice" By Chris Davidson
In his poem “Fire and Ice” Robert Frost compares and contrasts the two destructive forces: fire and ice. In the first two lines of the poem he presents two options for the end of the world: an end by fire or by ice. He takes the position of fire in the next two lines and relates fire to desire. This comparison suggests that Frost views desire as something that consumes and destroys. Desire does indeed have a way of consuming those it infects. However, in the next stanza Frost makes the case for the destructive force of ice. He compares ice to hate. This comparison relates to the reader a view of hate as something that causes people to be rigid, unmoving and cold. Also, ice has a tendency to encompass things and cause them to crack and break. (This is only the first paragraph of his analysis)
Example II: Poetry Analysis of Gerald Manley Hopkins’ “Spring and Fall”
A young child has become sad about the falling leaves in her favorite grove of trees in the poem “Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manly Hopkins. This event is used to develop the main idea in the poem, which is the theme of aging and death, and how this fact of life is the source of all sadness for human beings.
The poem’s idea is developed through dialogue and alliteration…
Example III: Analysis of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” By Stefaanie Erin McAnall.
The interpretations of Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” vary from reader to reader, but the essential implication of the poem deals with choices in life. Every day we face numerous situations in which decisions must be made—some small, relatively insignificant decisions and other, large decisions that may affect the rest of our lives. But with either type of choice, minor or major, we come across two possibilities or roads, and are forced to choose a path. While many decisions...
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