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TDCAPT poem analysis steps

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TDCAPT poem analysis steps

  1. 1. Getting Started…•This is a process to help you organize youranalysis of poetry.•We have already learned the vocabulary,now it’s time to put it into practice!•Together, we are going to analyze a poemusing TDCAPT.•You have a note sheet that looks like this…
  2. 2. Add your analysis to this sheet!
  3. 3. T is for TITLE•Analyze the title first.•What do you predict this poem will beabout?•Write down your predictions.•The next step is often omitted, but it is themost important!!!!
  4. 4. NOWREAD THE POEM
  5. 5. ANNOTATE• As you read the poem, complete the following – Paraphrase lines & stanzas – put them into your own words – Connotate words – what are their positive and negative associations (Ex. Blue = calm (+) or sad (-) – Look for Devices – what figurative language and sound devices are present in the poem – label them
  6. 6. D for Devices 1. Analyze the figures of speech and sound effects of the poem. 2. Locate them in the poem. 3. Explain its purpose (why is it used?) 4. List examples of the device from the poem
  7. 7. C IS FOR CONNOTATION•Positive and negative associations•What words can you connect to other “things” inthe world?•Example: “blue” could be positively associatedwith calm or negatively associated with sad anddepressed.
  8. 8. A is for ATTITUDETone is the attitude ofthe speaker toward thesubject of the poem. What is the overall tone of the poem?
  9. 9. P IS FOR PARAPHRASE • Paraphrasing is putting something in your own words. • Choose what you believe to be as important lines • Paraphrase those lines
  10. 10. T is for THEME•As you already know, theme is the centralmessage or insight it reveals about life orhuman nature (pg. 166 in Reader’s Journey)•It forces the reader to make a judgment.
  11. 11. How do I find the THEME? •Look at the other parts of TDCAPT. •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 take away with you concerning these subjects?

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