Presentation on theme: "TP-CASTT Method to Interpret Poetry"— Presentation transcript:
1TP-CASTT Method to Interpret Poetry Poetry – English 9TP-CASTTMethod to Interpret Poetry
2TP-CASTT Does poetry puzzle you? Do you ask yourself the following questions:Why don’t poets say what they mean?How do these lines fit together?How can I figure out what this poem means?
3TP-CASTT T – Title P – Paraphrase C – Connotation A – Attitude (Tone) S – ShiftsT – Title (Again)T - Theme
4What does the title mean to TP-CASTTWhat does the title mean toyou?
5TP-CASTTParaphrase“Translate” or write the poem in your own words. Identify and define any unknown words.Identify the literal meaning of the poem.Do words in the poem have more than one meaning?Write out the poem in your own words.Do not skip the parts you do not understand.
6Literary Elements to Consider TP-CASTTConnotationLook at the poetic devices of the poem—how do they contribute to the meaning of the poem?Do these devices contribute to the meaning of the poem or its effect?Literary Elements to ConsiderFigurative LanguageSimileMetaphorPersonificationHyperboleAssonanceConsonanceOthers...
7How does the writer feel about the subject TP-CASTTAfraidATTITUDE(Tone)How does the writer feel about the subjectof the poem?AngryJOYFULSillySWEETBITTERCONDESCENDINGDETACHEDSENTIMENTALNOSTALGICSYMPATHETIC
8TP-CASTT SHIFTSSHIFTSSHIFTS Some things to look for: Changes in line or stanza lengthPunctuation (dashes, periods, colons, ellipsis)Stanza divisionChanges in sound or dictionKey words (but, yet, however, although)
9TP-CASTT TITLE – (Again) Re-examine the title. Now that you’ve read the poem, does the title hold a different meaning?
10What is the universal message the writer is trying to get across? TP-CASTTTHEMEWhat is the universal message the writer is trying to get across?To find the theme:Summarize the “plot” of the poem.List the subject(s) of the poem (literal to abstract)What is the poet saying about each subject? Write a complete sentence describing what the poet is saying.Congratulations! You’ve identified the theme!
11TP-CASTTTitle, Paraphrase, Connotation, Attitude (Tone), Shifts, Title (Again), Theme – TP-CASTTApplying this method of evaluating poetry will help you understand how the poem “fits” together and enable you to understand what the poet is trying to convey. Good reading!