“A Poison Tree” TPCASTT Analysis

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A Poison Tree TP-CASTT

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TP-CASTT Analysis
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TPCASTT Example for “A Poison Tree”


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TITLE

The poem will be about a mystical tree that poisons everything around it.
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PARAPHRASE

The speaker bottles up his anger toward his enemy. He presents a false front and acts nicely toward the enemy while cursing him in his head. Eventually, his anger and deceit lead to tragedy. The enemy dies, and the speaker's corrupted moral compass causes him to feel a twisted happiness at this result.
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CONNOTATION

The man's anger is considered a poison. The tree and the apple are poisonous growths that, like anger, can kill.
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ATTITUDE/TONE

Blake uses words like "wrath", "foe", "deceitful", "wiles", and "stole" to convey the dark emotions of the poem. The speaker has a sinister and venomous tone.
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SHIFT

A shift occurs in the first stanza when the speaker goes from telling his anger to keeping it in. The poem gradually grows more sinister as it progresses from this point. The sentence lengths in the first stanza are short and simple, but they later increase as the speaker's wrath becomes more intense and his lies more frequent.
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TITLE

After reading the poem, I realize that the tree is a symbol of the speaker's anger. As the speaker dwells on his anger, the tree grows poisonous fruit, suggesting that anger produces dangerous results.
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THEME

Expressing our emotions is a healthy way the deal with conflict.



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Perform a TPCASTT analysis of “A Poison Tree”. Remember that TPCASTT stands for Title, Paraphrase, Connotation, Attitude/Tone, Shift, Title, Theme.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose any combination of scenes, characters, items, and text to represent each letter of TPCASTT.
  3. Write a few sentences describing the importance or meaning of the images.
  4. Finalize images, edit, and proofread your work.

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