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TPCASTT of "The Soldier" By: Robert Frost

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Transcript of TPCASTT of "The Soldier" By: Robert Frost

Title
Now I believe that the title is meant to show the importance of the soldier to the author. By simply naming the poem “The Soldier” the author gives him full attention and importance. It also shows his respect for all soldiers in general.
Title
I believe the poem will be based on a soldier who has fallen in the midst of battle, based on the title. Robert Frost probably gave the poem this title because he wanted to catch someones eye. Chances are if you see the word soldier you will look further into why it has this name.
Paraphrase
He is a weapon, that won't move when it's thrown,
He won't move come rain and rust,
He is still aimed in the same direction, as he hit the ground.
If we watched it around the world,
We wouldn't find a target to hit it with,
Because we are human, we look to closely,
We as people forget that we need the Earth,
Our weapons don't go as far as we want them to.
When they are dropped, they tear up the earth, as they cross it
The round edge of the earth, they hit, destroying their own;
It makes us tremble as the metal hits rock.
But we have been aware, that the obstacle has been identified
And tripped the weapon, threw its spirit
A further distance than it ever intended.
Shift
I believe the shift in this poem occurs in line 12. I think this because in line 11 it explains the public’s view of a fallen soldier and the author thinks that view is wrong. While the last three lines explain that no matter what anybody thinks of him, the fallen soldier’s spirit will carry on despite death.
Connotation
Metaphor: "He is that fallen lance that lies as hurled" refers to the dead soldier as a weapon lying on the ground, motionless.

Diction: The author says lance instead of sword in the first line. Lance was a common word at the time.
The author refers to the soldier as a weapon. Shows that most people view soldiers as weapons.

Irony: "the obstacle that checked And tripped the body, shot the spirit on Further than target ever showed or shone" It seems that death would stop the soldier from his duties, But he has only shot his spirit on farther.

Personification: "He is that fallen lance that lies as hurled" gives the lance a human quality, laying. "But still lies pointed as it ploughed the dust." giving the lance more human qualities as it, ploughed the dust.

Imagery: ”make us cringe for metal point on stone” creates an unpleasant image that represents the unpleasantness of war. The author also uses imagery when describing the lance lying on the ground, describing the dew and rust that have came upon it. This shows that he soldier has been dead for a long time and has shows that he has probably been forgotten.
Attitude
The tone of this poem is respectful. The author is paying respects to fallen soldiers and honoring what they have done. It is also somewhat didactic, the author is trying to that the reader’s perception of a soldier is wrong, and that they should see them differently. The author also tries to teach that one cannot understand a soldier’s duty until they are one themselves. The words that support this is ploughed, unlifted, obstacle and worthy.
TPCASTT of "The Soldier" By: Robert Frost
The Soldier
By: Robert Frost
He is that fallen lance that lies as hurled,
That lies unlifted now, come dew, come rust,
But still lies pointed as it ploughed the dust.
If we who sight along it round the world,
See nothing worthy to have been its mark,
It is because like men we look too near,
Forgetting that as fitted to the sphere,
Our missiles always make too short an arc.
They fall, they rip the grass, they intersect
The curve of earth, and striking, break their own;
They make us cringe for metal-point on stone.
But this we know, the obstacle that checked
And tripped the body, shot the spirit on
Further than target ever showed or shone.
Theme
The poem is about soldiers and war, and the public’s view on them. The poet is saying that soldiers are often misinterpreted by the public as being unimportant tools of war. The poet says that their duties are much more important than perceived and that most don’t understand their job. The theme of the poem is that a soldier’s duty cannot be understood by people not in their position and that their duty will always carry on, even through death.
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