The 6 Stages of Poetry Analysis
- Read poem, get surface meaning only.
- Start analyzing it and uncovering deeper meanings
- Really go to town on the analysis and discover a million new things
- Write essay.
- Reread the poem and essay so many times while revising that you get sick of them and are able to recite them from memory.
- Finish and hand in essay. Burn the poem, delete the essay file.