We are currently undergoing maintainence, please come back soon. If you find poetry difficult then you’re not alone.
For many people, it’s the most difficult aspect of the English course. Butfear not as help and a higher grade are within reach. In a nutshell, the more subtly you interpret a poem – and give support for your interpretation – the higher your marks, and grade, will be. Poems are rarely to be taken at face value. It is never the literal meanings that will gain you any marks – it is exposing and discussing the poem’s ‘deeper meanings’ that bring in the marks every time.
When you interpret a poem, you seek to explain what you believe these ‘hidden meanings’ are, show how they have been created and discuss why this was done. Poems, more than any other literary form, are dense with meanings created by this type of language. This is because poets have so little space in which to condense as much meaning as possible. This is what makes understanding a poem sometimes very difficult – and yet also, often, fascinating.