1. The thesis statement should state the theme of the poem.
2. Find three main ideas that work together to create the theme. These main ideas will become the topic sentences of your body paragraphs.
3. In the body of your essay, use at least one example from (a) and at least two examples from (b):a. devices of sound/music: how rhyme, meter, alliteration and/or assonance add force to the meaning of the word sb. devices of language: imagery– how word(s) that refer to sensory experience create meaning figures of speech– how simile, metaphor, personification symbolâ€”an object that suggests further meaning in addition to itself tone â€”the speakerâ€™s attitude (an emotion word)