Poetry Explained

We created this section to help you understand some the terminology and language we use to analyse and summarize poetry on Poem Analysis. If you have any questions about some of the terms we have used or have explained, please feel free to comment on any of the articles or contact us direct.

Tanka vs. Haiku

Haiku and tanka are two major poetic forms that define much of Japanese literary history. But what defines a haiku or a tanka? And how are the two different?  

How to Write a Haiku

Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry that is known for its brevity and focus on capturing the essence of a moment or a feeling. Despite its simplicity, writing a haiku can be a challenging task.

ChatGPT, and AI: Can it Analyze Poetry?

Can A truly understand the complexity and beauty of poetry? Delve into the latest advancements in technology and poetry analysis to discover if machines can truly appreciate the power of verse, from the perspective of a poetry expert.

Do Poems Have to Rhyme?

For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they consider poetry is rhyming lines. But, do poems have to rhyme? Is a poem even a poem if it doesn’t rhyme? 

Is Rap Poetry?

Rap or poetry? Both use rhyme and rhythm, so what’s the difference?

10 Important Elements of Poetry

Poetry, as a distinct and interesting art form, comprises a number of elements that are worth considering while analyzing and understanding a poetic text.

How To Write a Love Poem

Answering the question: “How do I write a love poem” is not as simple as asking “how do I boil an egg” but there are useful tips to consider.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month takes place each year in April. It was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase the appreciation of poetry in the United States.

5 Steps to Starting a Poetry Blog

A poetry blog is a great way to express yourself and share your literary skills with the world. Here are 5 steps to easily your own poetry blog.

Active vs. Passive Voice

The difference between active voice and passive voice is an important one, but not one that’s always easy to distinguish.

[How to] Analyze Poetry with SMILE

While reading a poem, a question often triggers thoughtful readers, “how to analyze this poem?” If one has this hack pre-installed in mind, the process won’t seem tedious anymore!

What Makes a Poet Great?

Scholars, writers, and lovers of poetry have all asked the same question at some point in their lives, what makes a poet great?

How to Approach Unseen Poetry

Approaching unseen poetry is one of the more challenging things that students might be asked to do in the classroom.

How to Structure a Poem

The first question that needs to be addressed before we get into the details, is what is structure? What do

How to Write a Poem

It might seem daunting at first, but writing a poem can be made simpler by breaking down the process into

18 Different Types of Themes in Poetry

The theme is the underlying message that the writer or artist wants to convey. Themes can feature in poetry, a short story, a novel, or even a work of art.

Poetry Jargon Buster

Yes I know sometimes reading a poetry analysis can be tricky. Especially if you are not au fait with the