How to Explicate a Poem
“How to Explicate a Poem”
Step1: Briefly attempt to summarize the poem in your own words.
Step 2: Determine who the speaker is.
Step 3: Determine the action of the poem. (mood)
Step 4: Paying close attention to descriptive words, determine the setting. (Imagery)
Step 5: Determine the poem’s theme.
Step 6: Paying close attention to the poem’s layout or format, discuss the poem’s presentation. (Style)
Step 7: Determine the author’s diction. (Voice and Tone)
Step 8: Here you will examine the author’s use of figurative language.
Look for any examples of simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, or any other figure of speech.