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TP-CASTT Analysis

One of the most difficult things when analyzing poetry is knowing where to begin. By following the TP-CASTT technique for reading a poem, you will not only know how to annotate a poem, but you will be left with quite a bit to say about a poem.
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Lindsay Green

on 6 January 2016

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TP - CAS=TT
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One of the most difficult things when analyzing literature is knowing where to begin.
Analyze This
By following this technique for reading an excerpt, you will not only know how to annotate the text, but you will be left with quite a bit to say about it.
TP-CASTT
Consider the title before reading the text
Title
What might the text be about based on the title?
Did the author conceal important information in the title?
The poem in your own words
Paraphrase
beyond the literal meaning
Connotation
- cultural associations
- literary devices
Attitude
Who is the speaker?
What seem to be the speaker's attitude?
Where the poem change in attitude, imagery, style, etc.
Shifts
After examining the C+A+S , what
feeling
is this poem is showing you?
Tone
You must address TONE in
your thesis.
Your interpretation? Biggest impact?
Thesis
The thesis is always a complete sentence or two.
Poet’s full name
Title of the poem in quotation marks
Your interpretation (what you think the poem means)
Evidence from the poem to support your interpretation
4 Elements of an "A" Thesis
"you fit into me,"
by Margaret Atwood
What does this title bring to mind?
What might the poem be about?
Why?
What happens in
"you fit into me"?
What's the story here?

What lines of the poem give you your impression of it? What lines "show" you the story of the poem?
Look for "important" lines:
vivid imagery?
metaphor?
allusion?
controlling conceit?
puns?
wordplay?
simile?
personification?
syntax?
irony?
What seems to be the attitude of the speaker?
"
you fit into me
"
Who is the speaker?
"
you fit into me
"
Where does the poem shift in imagery?
How would you describe that shift?
Where does the poem shift in attitude?
How does the speaker's attitude make
you feel
? What are the most important feelings in this poem
to you
?
You own your impression of the poem when you can put it in your own words.
"Hook" and "Eye"
What line makes you think this?
How would you describe that shift?
Emily Dickinson’s
poem, “
The Last night she lived
,” shows the speaker’s
grief and gratitude
through its
contrasting images of light and dark
.
EXAMPLE
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