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1 TPCASTT Poetry Analysis Technique “I Died for Beauty”By Emily Dickinson
2 What SHOULD your poem look like after you have finished TPCASTTing it? TitleParaphraseConnotationWhat SHOULD your poem look like after you have finished TPCASTTing it?TPCASTTAttitudeShiftsTitle (again)Theme of the poem
4 T -- Title Read the title of the poem Predict what the poem will be about based on the title ONLYDo not begin reading the poem yetWrite 3-4 sentences about your prediction
5 T -- Title I died because I was obsessed with beauty? I looked at someone or something so beautiful itcaused my death?Was a beauty queen murdered?
6 P – Paraphrase Translate the poem into your own words, line by line if possible.Be sure to paraphrase using completesentences.On average, you should have approximatelyone paragraph per stanza.(Next slide)
7 P – Paraphrase Your Turn Paraphrase this poem, line by line orstanza by stanza. Keep in mind that itmust be a COMPLETE translation.You must understand the poet’s literalmeaning of the words.
8 P – Paraphrase First Stanza A first person speaker has recently died andbeen laid to rest in a tomb. She obviouslycomes from a well-to-do family because herfinal resting spot is a tomb versus a grave. Ifshe died for beauty, what kind of stand wasshe taking (inner beauty, art, history)? Shortlyafter being laid to rest, another person, whodied for truth, was placed in a neighboringroom.
9 P – Paraphrase Second Stanza Sensing her presence, the new soul gently askswhat led to her death. She responds, “Beauty,”and he replies back that he died for truth. Hethen states, “the two are one,” leading thereader to believe that standing up for your valuesand principles are sometimes more importantthan life itself. He also says that they are alikebecause they both were willing to sacrifice theirlives for their values.
10 P – Paraphrase Third Stanza The two quickly realize they are like souls. Theycontinue to talk and form a friendship in theafterlife until the weeds cover their lips and theirtomb. By that time, their families, friends, andsociety have forgotten about them as individuals.In addition, their purpose for failing, or dieing,has also been forgotten. Meaning nothing haschanged and they died in vain.
11 C -- ConnotationLook for poetic devices that go beyond the literal interpretationmetaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, rhyme scheme, symbolism, and dictionCircle these devices and make margin notes about their meaningsIn this specific poem, you should be able to identify and explain at least three poetic devices
12 C -- Connotation Extended Metaphor – throughout the entire poem Beauty and Truth are beingcomparedPersonification – Giving human characteristicsto inanimate objectsHer = Beauty / Him = TruthABCB near rhyme scheme
13 A -- Attitude Observe either the speaker’s or the poet’s attitude Attitude and tone are synonymsAttitude is an adjectiveThere can be more than oneExplain the attitude/tone of the poem
14 A -- Attitude SAD and SOMBER regarding death, graveyard, and their failuresCONTENTMENT due to the fact that theydiscover that they both died standing upfor what was important to them
15 S -- ShiftIdentify any speaker shiftsIdentify any shifts in attitude
16 S -- Shift There is one speaker shift in the third stanza. There are two speakers who continue their dialogue back and forth in the first two stanzas and refer to themselves as “I.”However, in the last stanza, they begin referring to themselves as “we” and “our.”
17 T – Title (again) Re-examine the title. How does the title fit with the work as a whole?This time, you are interpreting the title, not just predicting or looking at it literally.
18 T – Title (again) “I Died for Beauty” We don’t know specifically what aspectof beauty led to her death, but we knowit was a cause she was willing to diefor.We don’t even know specifically how shedied.
19 T -- Theme Determine what the poet is saying THIS IS NOT THE MORAL OF THE POEMIdentify the theme by recognizing the human experience, motivation, or condition of the poem.One work may have several possible themes
20 Beauty and Truth are Parallels T -- ThemeBeauty and Truth are ParallelsEach speaker died for ideals (Beauty/Truth)Each speaker is buried is similar conditions and within the same tombEach speaker dies and decays at about the same timeBoth names are covered with the same moss
21 T -- ThemeFriendshipThe two speakers bond as friends because they have similar causes and valuesPostmortem friendship makes a scary situation more bearableHowever, their bond is broken with the passage of time (i.e. moss reaches their lips, and their names are covered)
22 Title Paraphrase TPCASTT Connotation Attitude Shifts Title (again) What does YOUR poem look like now that you have finished TPCASTTing it?TPCASTTAttitudeShiftsTitle (again)Theme of the poem