1st S in SOAPSTone
O in SOAPSTone
occasion (time, place, situation)
A in SOAPSTone
audience (for who is the poem designed? an individual? a group?)
P in SOAPSTone
purpose (what purpose does the author have in writing the poem? tell a story etc)
2nd S in SOAPSTone
speaker (what perspective is presented? age, gender etc)
Tone in SOAPSTone
tone (what emotion is being shown?)
1st T in TPCASTT
Title (what do you think the poem will be about based on this?)
P in TPCASTT
Paraphrase (what is the poem about? notice enjambment)
C in TPCASTT
Connotation (meaning beyond the literal, hinted at by diction, figurative language, imagery etc)
A in TPCASTT
Attitude/Tone (What is the speaker's attitude towards the subject of the poem? Are the attitudes of other characters evident?)
S in TPCASTT
Shifts (very important to look if shifts exist. does the speaker or attitude shift? but, yet, stanza divisions, changes in stanza or line length, punctuation)
2nd T in TPCASTT
3rd T in TPCASTT
Theme (different from subject. Theme is the poets statement about the subject. Ex: A poem's subject is love. Its theme may be the impossibility of achieving lasting love)
Susan Occasionally Audits People's Speaking Tones
Subject, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Speaker, Tone
Tim Particularly Communicates Attitude Shifts in Title and Theme
Title, Paraphrase, Connotation, Attitude, Shifts, Title, Theme
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