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T p ii t t poetry analysis technique

tpiittPoetry Analysis Technique



  • As we go through this presentation all tpiitt directions will be written in yellow font.

What is tpiitt

What is tpiitt?

  • tpiitt is an acronym of steps used to analyze poetry. The results of tpiitt can be used to write an essay analyzing a poem or comparing and contrasting two poems.

  • There are six steps in the tpiitt process.

T title

T -- Title

  • Ponder the titlebefore reading the poem

  • At first---consider the meaning of the title without the benefit of knowing what the rest of the poem is about.

  • Look at the title and attempt to predict what the poem will be about.

  • Write your thoughts/predictions near the title.

P paraphrase

P -- Paraphrase

  • Translate the poem into your own words in the left hand margin

  • Literally put the poem into your own words stanza by stanza.

  • Make sure you understand the literal plot or message of the poem.

I imagery

I -- Imagery

  • Highlight or box the imagery in the poem. To the right of the poem jot down thought about each image.

  • What images are especially vivid?

  • What effect do these images have on your mood as a reader?

  • Are these descriptions positive or negative.

I important interesting lines

I – Important/Interesting Lines

  • [Bracket] the most important or interesting lines. To the right of the line, briefly explain why it is so important.

T title again

T – Title (again)

  • Re-examine the title. Try to see how the title fits with the work as a whole.

  • This time, you are interpreting the title, not just predicting or looking at it literally.

  • Write your interpretation next to your original prediction and thoughts.

T theme

T -- Theme

  • Consider the poem. Think back to the paraphrasing, the imagery, the important lines and the title and determine the author’s purpose/message. This message is called the theme of the poem.

  • Identifying the theme is not easy, it requires thought and is never, ever a one word answer.

  • Write the theme of the poem on the bottom of the page or on the back of the page.

The road not taken robert frost

The Road Not Taken ~Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference

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