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09/04/2019

How do you write a Reflective Essay on a poem.?

QUESTION
How do you write a Reflective Essay on a poem.?
I have to write a reflective essay on a poem but do not know how to start. What should each paragraph consist of.

ANSWER
There is no standard formula for what goes into each paragraph.

A reflective essay is an essay. That means it has to have one central opinion. Your teacher may call that a thesis statement or thesis sentence. The thesis sums up your opinion in a single sentence.

In a reflective essay, the thesis is typically about
–how you respond to the poem
–how the poem relates to your personal experience
–how the poem relates to something you have personally observed.

Suppose you read a poem about someone’s death. Your reaction might be “The poem made me feel the sadness I felt when my grandfather died.”

Each of your body paragraphs would discuss a reason that the poem created that feeling. For example, one paragraph might have this topic sentence:

“The poem made me feel the sadness I felt when my grandfather died because the poet used concrete images of a funeral.”

You’d follow that formula until you have given the reader a sense of why you feel about the poem as you do.