O Captain My Captain Analysis - TWIST Analysis

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O Captain! My Captain! TWIST

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Activity Overview


Another great way to engage your students is through the creation of storyboards that examine Tone, Word Choice, Imagery, Style, and Theme. This activity is referred to with the acronym “TWIST”. In a TWIST, students focus on a particular paragraph or a few pages, to look deeper at the author’s meaning.


TWIST Literary Analysis

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Using the full text of “O Captain! My Captain!” or just a single stanza, students can depict, describe, and analyze the way poetic elements work together to create a central message or theme.


TWIST Example for O Captain! My Captain!


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TONE

Distressed: The speaker struggles to process the death of his hero. He is overcome with sorrow and shock.
W

WORD CHOICE

O heart! heart! heart!, bleeding, cold, dead, pale, still, no pulse, mournful tread, fallen
I

IMAGERY

“O the bleeding drops of red..."
S

STYLE

Each eight-line stanza is split into two distinct parts. The first four lines are long and praise Lincoln's achievements. The last four lines are short and give agitated descriptions of Lincoln's dying moments.
T

THEME

The speaker's distress is made greater by the heroism of the captain. This conveys a theme about honoring our fallen heroes.


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Student Instructions

Perform a TWIST analysis of a selection from “O Captain! My Captain!”. Remember that TWIST stands for Tone, Word Choice, Imagery, Style, Theme.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose any combination of scenes, characters, items, and text to represent each letter of TWIST.
  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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