READING  AND ENJOYING POETRY The TP-CSATT Analysis Method
Title <ul><li>Ponder the title before reading the poem. </li></ul><ul><li>If there are any unfamiliar words in the title, ...
Paraphrase <ul><li>Translate the poem into your own words. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-write the plot of the poem in your own wor...
Connotation <ul><li>Contemplate the poem for meaning beyond the literal. </li></ul><ul><li>Here you must consider figurati...
Attitude <ul><li>Observe both the speaker’s and poet’s attitude (TONE) </li></ul><ul><li>Having examined the poem’s device...
Shifts <ul><li>Note shifts in speakers and attitudes. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Key wor...
Title <ul><li>Examine the title again, this time on an interpretive level. </li></ul>The College Board Pre-AP.  The AP Ver...
Theme <ul><li>Determine what the poet is saying. </li></ul><ul><li>In identifying theme, you will want to consider the hum...
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  1. 1. READING AND ENJOYING POETRY The TP-CSATT Analysis Method
  2. 2. Title <ul><li>Ponder the title before reading the poem. </li></ul><ul><li>If there are any unfamiliar words in the title, look them up in a dictionary </li></ul>The College Board Pre-AP. The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English: Second Edition. www.collegeboard.com . 2002. Print.
  3. 3. Paraphrase <ul><li>Translate the poem into your own words. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-write the plot of the poem in your own words, key in on the literal meaning. Frequently, real understanding of a poem must evolve from comprehension of “what’s going on in the poem.” </li></ul>The College Board Pre-AP. The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English: Second Edition. www.collegeboard.com . 2002. Print.
  4. 4. Connotation <ul><li>Contemplate the poem for meaning beyond the literal. </li></ul><ul><li>Here you must consider figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, etc.), symbolism, diction, point of view, and sound devices (alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm and rhyme). </li></ul>The College Board Pre-AP. The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English: Second Edition. www.collegeboard.com . 2002. Print.
  5. 5. Attitude <ul><li>Observe both the speaker’s and poet’s attitude (TONE) </li></ul><ul><li>Having examined the poem’s devices and clues closely, you are now ready to explore the multiple attitudes that may be present in the poem. </li></ul>The College Board Pre-AP. The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English: Second Edition. www.collegeboard.com . 2002. Print.
  6. 6. Shifts <ul><li>Note shifts in speakers and attitudes. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Key words (but, yet, however, although) </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation (dashes, periods, colons, ellipsis) </li></ul><ul><li>Stanza divisions </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in line or stanza length or both </li></ul><ul><li>Irony (sometimes irony hides shifts) </li></ul><ul><li>Effect of Structure on meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in sound that may indicate changes in meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in diction (slang to formal language) </li></ul>The College Board Pre-AP. The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English: Second Edition. www.collegeboard.com . 2002. Print.
  7. 7. Title <ul><li>Examine the title again, this time on an interpretive level. </li></ul>The College Board Pre-AP. The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English: Second Edition. www.collegeboard.com . 2002. Print.
  8. 8. Theme <ul><li>Determine what the poet is saying. </li></ul><ul><li>In identifying theme, you will want to consider the human experience, motivation, or condition suggested by the poem. Follow the steps for determining theme from Lit Terms IV. </li></ul>The College Board Pre-AP. The AP Vertical Teams Guide for English: Second Edition. www.collegeboard.com . 2002. Print.

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