T is for Title
Analyze the title first, “What do you predict this poem will be about?”, write down your predictions.
P is for Paraphrase
Paraphrasing is putting something in your own words, after reading the poem write it in your own words.
C is for Connotation
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.
A is for Attitude
Tone is the attitude of the speaker toward the subject of the poem.
S is for Shift
If there is a change in: time, tone, speaker. This should always be noted as this will affect the meaning.
T is for Title-Again
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?
T is for Theme
Theme is the meaning or idea conveyed by the author through his/her work, it does not make a judgment, it merely states something that is true to life and the human condition, it goes beyond the subject and is a statement of opinion.
How do I find the theme?
Look at the other parts of the TPCASTT. What insight are all of these working together trying to convey?What is the poet trying to say about life?