Analyzing & Understanding Poetry

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When analyzing poetry, how do I know whether or not I am correctly interpreting the author’s themes or messages?

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In addition to the above tips, remember that literature is an art form. We each might take something different from what we read. Poetry can be very challenging to dissect! If you think you’ve discovered a theme, ask yourself, “Can I support this theme with textual evidence?” If the answer is yes, chances are good that you can make a case for your theme being valid.

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