Poetry Analysis Paragraph
A topic sentence answers: What poem are you analyzing, who is it by and what does it mean? “Evidence in quotations”(cited line#). Explain what this line means.“If it is a poetic device like imagery, mention that”(with line#). Explain how the poetic device helps show what the poem is about.“There should be three pieces of evidence”(with line#). Make sure to explain what the lines mean. Then, why they help support your idea about what the poem means.
Poetic device: Alliteration, hyperbole, Imagery, Simile, Metaphor, Mood, Repetition, Rhythm, Rhyme, Symbol, Theme, Stanza.
I Dreamed That I Was Old
BY STANLEY KUNITZ
I dreamed that I was old: in stale declension
Fallen from my prime, when company
Was mine, cat-nimbleness, and green invention,
Before time took my leafy hours away.
My wisdom, ripe with body’s ruin, found
Itself tart recompense for what was lost
In false exchange: since wisdom in the ground
Has no apocalypse or pentecost.
I wept for my youth, sweet passionate young thought,
And cozy women dead that by my side
Once lay: I wept with bitter longing, not
Remembering how in my youth I cried.