Textual Analysis Worksheet for Poetry
Instructions: Answer the questions below. I have included supplemental information in brackets for you.
You will need to complete of 5: “Daddy”
Can you read the story concededly and write your own words.
Tone: [How does the poem make you feel? What kinds of things does the author say that cause you to feel the way you do?]
Repeating Images: [An image is a visual element in a text. For example, in “Hills like White Elephants,” the white elephants were an image. They make readers “see” them in their minds.]
What Do You Think It Means? [Note: I’m not looking for an exact answer here. What I’m looking for is your careful reading of the poem. What do you think it’s saying? Don’t say “I don’t know.” Give it a try.]
Literary Period: [I have all the texts listed in literary periods on the syllabus. However, as I point out in the resource material for many of the texts, there are several texts that overlap two or more literary periods. So, to answer this question, I would like you to state the literary period in which you think a text belongs. Then justify your answer. Remember that some of the literary periods share similarities with one another (realism and naturalism, for example). So, you will need to be very specific in your answer.]
Why is This Text Important? [There is almost no wrong answer for this question, as long as you provide support for your answer. What I’m looking for is a thoughtful response that shows me that you are engaging with the texts.]