A prose piece or a poem is not a concentrically figured target with a single central point. Rather, a work of prose or poetry reveals ideas about something.
Jane Eyre is the story of a governess. – TARGET
The social status of a governess is central to the development of Jane Eyre’s
character. – IDEAS ABOUT
Blake’s "Little Black Boy" is a poem with the universal theme
of racism. – TARGET
In Blake’s "Little Black Boy," the speaker of the poem is a young child who believes he will be loved by God even though he is black. – IDEAS ABOUT
Questions to ask when writing about poetry:
1) What is the simple experience the poem relates?
2) What elements extend the significance of that story?
3) Which sound patterns emphasize ideas in the poem?
4) Who is the speaker of the poem?
5) What is the speaker’s attitude? Why?
When writing about fiction ask yourself: