Name:_________________________ English, Period: _____ Date:______

TPCASTT POEM ANALYSIS METHOD

Poem Requirements Analysis
Identity
by Julio Noboa

Let them be as flowers
always watered, fed, guarded, admired,
but harnessed to a pot of dirt.

I'd rather be a tall, ugly weed,
clinging on cliffs, like an eagle
wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks.

To have broken through the surface
of stone,
to live, to feel exposed to the madness
of the vast, eternal sky.
To be swayed by the breezes of an
ancient sea,
carrying my soul, my seed, beyond
the mountains of time
or into the abyss of the bizarre.

I'd rather be unseen, and if
then shunned by everyone,
than to be a pleasant-smelling flower,
growing in clusters in the fertile valley,
where they're praised, handled, and
plucked
by greedy human hands.

I'd rather smell of musty, green stench
than of sweet, fragrant lilac.
If I could stand alone, strong and free,
I'd rather be a tall, ugly weed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title
What did you think this poem would be about it before you read it?
 

Paraphrase

each stanza -

(Number each stanza to help the corrector)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connotation

What do each of these words represent?

Flowers:

 

pot of dirt:

 

weed:

 

eagle:

 

 

Attitude of poet

 

 

 

Shift

There is a shift from ___ (what?) in (stanza # ______) to _____ (what?) in stanza ____.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title
Revisited

Now what does the title seem to mean to you?

 

 

 

Theme: What the whole poem means