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TP-CASTT: Analyzing Poetry

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Michelle Nealy

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About the Author
Answer the following questions regarding your author and poem:
1. When and where was the author born?
2. What subject area does this author focus on and why?
3. Has this author received any awards? If not, skip this question
4. Where is this person now?
Claude McKay
Add a Picture of the Author Here
Type the Title of Your Poem Here
Before you read, what do you think the poem might be about based on the title? Why?
Paraphrase
After reading, write a short summary of the poem using your own words. It helps to understand what is actually taking place in the poem before you begin to analyze it.
Quote: Include a quote that is a strong example of the summary you provided. Be sure to include an MLA citation for the quote that includes the author's last name and the line number.
Connotation
Examine this poem for meaning beyond the literal meaning provided. Consider imagery, figures of speech, diction, point of view, and sound devices. Identify the major poetic devices that will support the conclusion you are going to draw about the poem.
Quote: Include a quote that is a strong example of connotation in the poem. Be sure to include an MLA citation for the quote that includes the author's last name and the line number.
Attitude (Tone)
Examine the diction, images, and details that are presented in the poem (think DIDLS). What attitudes are presented in the poem?
Quote: Include a quote that is a strong example of the speaker's attitude. Be sure to include an MLA citation for the quote that includes the author's last name and the line number.
Shifts
Were there any shifts or changes in the speaker or the attitude? Note key words, time changes, punctuation, stanza divisions, changes in line or stanza length, irony, changes in sound that may indicate changes in meaning, and changes in diction.
Quote: If there was a shift in your poem, include a quote that is a strong example of that shift. Be sure to include an MLA citation for the quote that includes the author's last name and the line number.
Title
After reading, examine the title again but on an interpretive level. What new insight does the title provide in understanding the poem?
Quote: Include a quote that is a strong example of your interpretation of the title after reading. Be sure to include an MLA citation for the quote that includes the author's last name and the line number.
Theme
What is the poem saying about the human experience, motivation, or condition? What subject or subjects does the poem address? What do you learn about those subjects? What idea does the poet want you to take away with you concerning these subjects?
*Remember how to come up with a Statement of Theme
Quote: Include a quote that is a strong example of the theme you provided. Be sure to include an MLA citation for the quote that includes the author's last name and the line number.
Vocabulary
List any words that you are not familiar with and include a definition (be sure to include the source of your definition in your works cited section). You should include at least 3 words.
Quote: Include a quote that is a strong example of the summary you provided. Be sure to include an MLA citation for the quote that includes the author's last name and the line number.
Works Cited
"TP-CASTT Poetry Analysis." (n.d.): n. pag. ReadWriteThink.org. International Reading Association NCTE, 2011. Web. 17 July 2014.
TP-CASTT
Analyzing Poetry
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