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Monday 26th April 2021

L.C. To analyse themes in a range of poems.


Last week, we looked at identifying the main theme within a paragraph.


Today, we are going to use a similar approach to identify the theme within a poem.


Poems can we used to describe/discuss such things as objects, places, events or even a given theme.


Here are some of the most common themes, that are found in poems:


  • Good vs. Evil
  • Love
  • Redemption
  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Revenge
  • Mystery


Let's have a look at these 2 poems and see if we can identify the themes.

Remember, the theme is the main point the poet is trying to get across to the reader.

We can get a sense of this through key vocabulary and the mood of the poem.


Poem 1



happy, cheerful

singing, eating, playing

my eighth birthday party




The theme of this poem is happiness. We can tell this from the use of words such as cheerful and perfect. These are positive words that relate to the when somebody is happy. 


Poem 2











The theme of this poem is that teachers are hard working. When it says challenge-setter we know that they are always making the work challenging for their students. Big-yawner and coffee-drinker tell us that they are tired from the work they are doing.


On Seesaw, you have been given a range of poems. Can you identify the theme within the poem?