Poetry–English9TPCASTT.ppt

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Poetry – English 9
TP-CASTT
Method to Interpret Poetry
TP-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?
TP-CASTT
T – Title
P – Paraphrase
C – Connotation
A – Attitude (Tone)
S – Shifts
T – Title (Again)
T - Theme
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Paraphrase
“Translate” or write the poem in your own
words. Identify and define any unknown
words.
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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.
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Connotation
Look 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
Consider
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Figurative Language
Simile
Metaphor
Personification
Hyperbole
Assonance
Consonance
Others...
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ATTITUDE
(Tone)
Silly
How does the writer feel about the subject
of the poem?
SENTIMENTAL
SYMPATHETIC
JOYFUL
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SHIFTSSHIFTSSHIFTS
Some things to look for:
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Changes in line or stanza length
Punctuation (dashes, periods, colons, ellipsis)
Stanza division
Changes in sound or diction
Key words (but, yet, however, although)
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TITLE – (Again)
Re-examine the title. Now that you’ve
read the poem, does the title hold a
different meaning?
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THEME
What is the universal message the writer is
trying to get across?
To find the theme:
Summarize the “plot” of the poem.
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List the subject(s) of the poem (literal to abstract)
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What is the poet saying about each subject? Write
a complete sentence describing what the poet is
saying.
Congratulations! You’ve identified the theme!
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TP-CASTT
Title, Paraphrase, Connotation,
Attitude (Tone), Shifts, Title
(Again), Theme – TP-CASTT
Applying 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!

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