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Poetry Analysis English I. * Reading strategy used to analyze a poetic text * Allows the reader to decipher meaning from a poet’s work.

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1 Poetry Analysis English I

2 * Reading strategy used to analyze a poetic text * Allows the reader to decipher meaning from a poet’s work

3 * T = Title * P = Paraphrase * C = Connotation * A = Attitude * S = Shift * T = Title…again * T = Theme * When analyzing a poem, one should examine each of the components outlined with TP-CASTT …starting with the first “T” to the last.

4 * With the poem “Passage” by John M. Roderick, use the TP-CASTT strategy to decipher meaning from the poem

5 * Before you read the poem… * Make a prediction: What do you think the title “Passage” means?

6 * Translate the poem in your own words. What is the poem about? Rephrase the difficult sections word for word.

7 * Look beyond the literal meaning of key words and images to their associations. * Identify the use of poetic devices and consider how they effect meaning in the poem. * For “Passage”, look for diction, imagery, and sound devices (alliteration and onomatopoeia)

8 * What is the speaker’s attitude? * What is the poet’s attitude? * How does the poet feel about the speaker, about the characters, about the subject? SPEAKER AND POET ARE DIFFERENT!

9 * Where do shifts in tone, setting, voice, etc. occur? (Look for time and place, keywords, punctuation, stanza divisions, changes in length or rhyme, and sentence structure.) * What is the purpose of each shift? * How does the shift effect the meaning of the poem?

10 * Reexamine the title. What do you think it means now in the context of the poem?

11 * What is the overall theme of the poem. * THE THEME MUST BE WRITTEN IN A COMPLETE SENTENCE. Theme is a message or complete thought…NOT just one word! THEME = LOVELOVE IS BLIND = THEME * Theme does not have to be a cliché. It is the writer’s message to the reader. What does he/she want the reader to know/learn/think?


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