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  • 1. TPCASTT (Poetry Analysis) Applying the process to the poem, “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”
  • 2.
    • This is a process to help you organize your analysis of poetry.
    • We have already learned the vocabulary, now it’s time to put it into practice!
    • Together, we are going to analyze a poem using TPCASTT.
    • You have a note sheet that looks like this…
    Getting Started…
  • 3. Add your analysis to this sheet!
  • 4.
    • T is for TITLE
    • Analyze the title first.
    • What do you predict this poem will be about?
    • Write down your predictions.
    • We will reflect on the title again after we have read the poem.
    • The next step is often omitted, but it is the most important!!!!
  • 5. When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer By Walt Whitman 1819–1892
  • 6. NOW READ THE POEM
  • 7. When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
  • 8.
    • Paraphrasing is putting something in your own words.
    • After reading the poem, rewrite it in your own words.
    • This may be three sentences or a page, depending on the particular poem.
    P IS FOR PARAPHRASE
  • 9. apostrophe ASSONANCE RHYME alliteration personification diction onomatopoeia simile ONOMATOPEIA meter HYPERBOLE metaphor
    • Analyze the figures of speech and sound effects of the poem.
    • These are the poetry vocabulary we have already studied.
    • These elements add to the meaning.
    C IS FOR CONNOTATION
  • 10. Tone is the attitude of the speaker toward the subject of the poem. A is for ATTITUDE
  • 11.
    • If there is a change in…
      • Time
      • Tone
      • Speaker
      • This should always be noted as this will also affect the meaning .
    S IS FOR SHIFT
  • 12.
    • At this time, you should reconsider the title.
    • Were you right in your predictions?
    • What other meanings might the title have in light of your analysis?
    • Next, the biggie….
    T IS FOR TITLE - AGAIN
  • 13.
    • As you already know, theme is the general insight into life conveyed by the author through his/her work.
    • It does not make a judgment.
    • example: “Don’t do drugs” is not a theme.
    • It merely states something that is true to life and the human condition.
    T is for THEME
  • 14.
    • Look at the other parts of TPCASTT.
    • What insight are all of these working together to convey?
    • What is the poet trying to say about life?
    How do I find the THEME ? Thanks – Ms. Pollreis