This document provides a step by step guide to analyzing any poem. When using the guide, the student begins by paraphrasing the poem and defining any challenging vocabulary. Then, he or she must recognize and discuss figurative language and tone. Finally, the students puts it all together and identify the major theme of the poem. The guide also includes a sketching step for visual students. In addition to the student guide, there is also a completed model to be used as an example for teachers and students. Once modeled this assignment can become a regualr homework or class work practice to increase students' confidence with poetry.