This way of creating a thesis statement makes it easier for you to structure your oral commentary and ensure that it is focused and not just an analysis of everything that is being said in the poem.
Examiners value theme based structures, and it is a way to avoid getting lost and losing the flow while orally delivering your analysis.
However, on the off chance that you have to choose a poem yourself, choosing the right poem can make learning how to analyze a poem much, much easier.
The vast majority of the time, your instructor will tell you which poem to analyze.
For instance, since poems are typically short, the analyses are also often short.
Few instructors will make you write a poetry analysis for more than about 3-5 pages. However, the shorter length doesn’t let you off the hook.
Note that you would not use the above summary in an essay.
However, putting a poem in your own words can really help you understand the feeling of the poem and what the author is trying to convey.
During this time, you should identify common themes and ideas in the poem - patterns - and how language and literary devices are used to create these patterns.
Once you identify a theme, or main idea that you see in the poem, you can build your thesis statement.