TPCASTT is an easy way to analyze poetry. Remember that when you are reading a poem, the writer has chosen every word very carefully to convey certain meaning. It is like "condensed" language.

Title: What does the poem’s title seem to mean when you first read it?

Paraphrase: In your own words, what is each line saying?

Connotation: What are the emotions or other meanings attached to certain words?

Attitude: What is the speaker's feeling about the poem's subject?

Shifts: Where in the poem do changes in time, space, feeling, or tone occur?

Title: Now that you've read the poem, what new meanings do you see in the title?

Theme: What is the speaker's message to the reader?

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