How to really determine the theme of a poem
What is the theme of a poem? | Yahoo Answers
The theme of a poem refers to the underlying subject the poem discusses. Though there are hundreds of different popular poetry themes, several concepts have proved enduring across ages, forms, and cultural divisions. Love, nature, history, religion, and death are some of the most common poetry themes in nearly every type of poetry.
RE: What is the theme of a poem
will explain that just like songs have themes (for example, that it is better to be happy and alone, than unhappily in love), so do poems. The theme of a poem is the poet’s message to readers. I can find the theme of a poem by examining its main idea and voice. For example, if a song’s main idea is about a person who just broke up with his love and the voice or tone is excited and joyful, a theme of the song is that we might be happier being alone than in a relationship. Finding a poem’s theme works the same way. By figuring out what the poem is about (Main Idea) and how the author feels about the subject of the poem (Voice) readers can figure out the theme, or message in the poem. Note: You may want to discuss as you go through the poem the difference between main idea and theme as students often confuse these concepts. Main idea is the big idea in a text that tells what it is mostly about, while theme is the message that an author is trying to share with the reader. Usually a theme can be applied to other texts, but the main idea is very specific to the text.