Unlike other forms of literature, poetry makes demands on a writer who try to analyze it. This can make writing about poetry very challenging. So how can you write a clear, strong essay?
One place to start is to look at any significant themes. Does the poetry deal with themes related to love, death, war, or peace? What other themes show up in the poem? Are there particular historical events that are mentioned in the poem? What are the most important concepts that are addressed in the poem?
When choosing your research questions, remember: it must be interesting, significant, and problematic enough.
|Concept 1: (ex: San Martino)||Concept 2: (ex: wine)||Concept 3: (ex: community)|
|(ex: festival)||(ex: religion)||(ex: patriotism)|
|(ex: autumn)||(ex: paganism)||(ex: Italian unification)|