Poetry Commentary Structure

Intro
In author’s poem, the__…[PLOT SUMMARY]
The poet’s manipulation of X, Y and Z…[3X DEVICES]
…effectively _to create [THEME]

P1
Arguably the most significant and unique feature of this poem is [DEVICE 1]…

P2
This [DEVICE 2] is also utilized effectively throughout the poem.

P3
The [literary device 2] is not, however, the only thing of its sort/the only strategy used to create [a certain effect]. [DEVICE 3] can also be identified as…

Conclusion
Through the poet’s strategic use of/unearthed by the use of [devices],
[effect, ideally relating to theme]

Literary Devices
Title
Tone
Structure
Language
Repetition
Imagery
Recurring themes
Punctuation
Deeper meaning

Literary Themes
Beauty of simplicity
Shifts in power
Change vs. tradition
Chaos and order
Character destruction/building
Circle of life
Coming of age
Companionship
Empowerment
Achieved/failed dreams
Fate vs. free will
Good vs. evil
Injustice
Immortality
Isolation
Oppression
Overcoming weakness/fear/vice
Vanity as downfall
The glory/pain/tragedy/necessity of war
Man vs. nature
Nature vs. nurture
Sickness and decay

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