Presentation on theme: "TP-FASTT Poetry Analysis"— Presentation transcript:
1TP-FASTT Poetry Analysis a.k.a. a way to figure out what the heck a poem might mean
2Getting Started…This is a process to help you organize your analysis of poetry.We have already learned the vocabulary that applies to poems--now it’s time to put it into practice!
3TP-FASTTTP-FASTT is an acronym that helps us analyze poems through seven simple steps (each letter represents one step of analysis)By looking at each smaller part individually and then at the poem altogether, it can help us make some sense of what the poem might be about!Let’s try it together…
5T is for TITLE Analyze the title first. PREDICT what this poem will be about?Write down your predictions.We will reflect on the title again after we have read the poem; this simple step helps us think about what the poet may be implying in their titles.
7American Hero I have nothing to lose tonight. All my men surround me, panting,as I spin the ball above our headson my middle finger.5It’s a shimmering club lightand I’m dancing, slick in my sweat.Squinting, I aim at the holefifty feet away. I let the tension go.Shoot for the net. Choke it.10I never hear the ballslap the backboard. I slam itthrough the net. The crowd goes wildfor our win. I scoredthirty-two points this game15and they love me for it.Everyone holleringis a friend tonight.But there are towns,certain neighborhoods20where I’d be hard pressedto hear them cheerif I move on the block.
8P is for PARAPHRASEParaphrasing is putting something in your own words.After reading the poem, rewrite it in your own words.This may be three sentences or a page, depending on the particular poem.
9F is for Figurative Language apostropheASSONANCEAnalyze the figures of speech and sound effects of the poem.These are the poetry vocabulary we have already studied.These elements add to the meaning, so we need to make sure we understand what each one means!alliterationRHYMEdictionpersonificationonomatopoeiasimileimplied metaphormeterHYPERBOLEdirect metaphor
10A is for ATTITUDETone is the attitude of the speaker toward the subject of the poem. WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU UNDERSTAND THE AUTHOR’s ATTITUDE (TONE) TO BE!
11Attitude/Tone Words Upset Urgent Complimentary Contemptuous Silly JokingCondescendingHappyBoringPoignantSympatheticConfusedApologeticHollowChildishHumorousAngrySadAfraidColdDetachedBenevolentDreamyShockingCandidProudGiddyPitifulDramaticProvocativeSentimentalJoyfulPeacefulHorrificMockingSarcasticSweetObjectiveNostalgicVexedVibrantZealousTiredFrivolousIrrelevantBitter
12S is for SHIFT If there is a change in… Time Tone Speaker For example, does it start happy and end sad? Does time pass during the poem?There may or may not be shifts..
13T is for TITLE (again) At this time, you should reconsider the title. Were you right in your predictions?What other meanings might the title have in light of your analysis?Next, the biggie….
14T is for THEMETheme is the general insight into life conveyed by the author through his/her work.It does not make a judgment.example: “Don’t do drugs” is not a theme.It merely states something that is true to life and the human condition.
15How do I find the THEME? Look at the other parts of TPCASTT. What insight are all of these working together to convey?What is the poet trying to say about their subject?