How to Explicate a Poem

  • Poetry Explication

    “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.