Poetry Analysis Cornell Notes Template


Name: _______________
Cornell Notes & TPCASTT
Poem Title: ___________________________________________ Author: ____________________________
TPCASTT: Poem Analysis Method: title,
Record for Review
- Write headings and key words in colored pencil
paraphrase, connotation, diction, attitude, tone,
- Take sufficient notes with selective (not too much verbiage) & accurate paraphrasing
shift(s), title revisited and theme
- Skip a line between ideas and topics
- Use bulleted lists and abbreviations
- Correctly sequence information
- Include diagrams or tables if needed for clarification or length
Before you even think about reading the
poetry or trying to analyze it, speculate on what you
think the poem might be about based upon the title.
Often time authors conceal meaning in the title and give
clues in the title. Jot down what you think this poem will
be about…
Before you begin
thinking about meaning or tying to analyze
the poem, don't overlook the literal meaning
of the poem. One of the biggest problems
that students often make in poetry analysis
is jumping to conclusions before
understanding what is taking place in the
poem. When you paraphrase a poem, write
in your own words exactly what happens in
the poem. Look at the number of sentences
in the poem—your paraphrase should have
exactly the same number. This technique is
especially helpful for poems written in the
17th and 19th centuries. Sometimes your
teacher may allow you to summarize what
happens in the poem. Make sure that you
understand the difference between a
paraphrase and a summary.
Although this term usually
refers solely to the emotional overtones of word
choice, for this approach the term refers to any
and all poetic devices, focusing on how such
devices contribute to the meaning, the effect, or
both of a poem. You may consider imagery,
figures of speech (simile, metaphor,
personification, symbolism, etc.), diction, point
of view, and sound devices (alliteration,
onomatopoeia, rhythm, and rhyme). It is not
necessary that you identify all the poetic devices
within the poem. The ones you do identify should
be seen as a way of supporting the conclusions
you are going to draw about the poem.
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. Examination of diction, images, and
details suggests the speaker's attitude and
contributes to understanding. You may refer to
the list of words on Tone that will help you.
Remember that usually the tone or attitude
cannot be named with a single word Think


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