For example, you could write, “In ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn,’ John Keats uses the urn as a symbol describing the relationship between humans and art.” The poem's title should be in quotation marks, and the thesis should be in literary present tense, meaning you should use present tense when commenting about what the writer says or describing events in the poem.
Once you have a draft of your thesis, consider whether you are using the strongest words possible.
Emphasis is often put on the reading part because people lose the plot during this phase.
The universal recommendation is that one should read a poem several times before they start analyzing it but as is always the case, few consider this advice relevant.
Consider whether the poem has a particular cultural context or if its form illustrates a particular genre.
Also take a look at the poem’s rhyme scheme and meter and how those elements affect the meaning of the poem. Narrow your list to one idea you want to write about.
When writing about poetry, include the author’s name and title of the poem in your thesis statement.
Many statements begin by introducing the poem and author, followed by the point you wish to make.
For example, instead of saying a poet “writes about” a particular topic, it might be appropriate to use more interesting verbs, such as “argues” or “illustrates.” Choosing the best verbs for your thesis statement can make it pop and make your argument more controversial or exciting for the reader.
Cara Batema is a musician, teacher and writer who specializes in early childhood, special needs and psychology.