Pre-AP Vertical Teams
July 22, 2004
POEM ANALYSIS METHOD: Find a poem to analyze
Choose 1 of
3 methods in notes to analyze: TPCASTT, SOAPS or 5 S’s:
Choice TPCASTT: Title, paraphrase, connotation, Attitude, Shifts, Title and Theme
After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling
After great pain, a formal feeling comes--
What is a formal feeling? One rationally explainable and distant?
C: nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs = simile and personification
The nerves are compared to a tomb which would be a house of the body, the process or action leading to the death is over
C: contentment like a stone = simile and
C: mechanical feet: they have no independence or volition
C: rhyming patterns – last two lines of each stanza showcase the focus on the end (death)
C: Freezing persons recollect: When people freeze it is at first painful but then they lose the sense of it before they die.
C: What is the hour of lead? The hour before letting go, the hour before dying, the time before we let go of our pain/trauma?
Steps of separation until there is no longer a connection = letting go
letting go (resolution) in last line
A: great pain, tombs, mechanical, wooden, stone, hour of lead, freezing, snow, chill, stupor, letting go = anti-life, depression
A: Why are there so many uses of dashes?
Time will help us recover from the immediacy of a painful event and give us greater perspective.
Tragedy or trauma can be numbing, and it may be hard to feel anything anymore. Though the active pain may have ceased, there is a residual effect from the pain.
People, after pain/trauma, go about their daily business but they have lost their meaning and their purpose in it. They just do it as a matter of routine. They have no feeling.
If you survive the pain/trauma, then you can remember how painful it was and your shock – but if you can no longer let the pain/trauma affect you, then it is only a memory and you can go on.
person experiences great pain and basically goes into a form of shock .