Poetry: From Page to Screen
Skill focus: Poetry Analysis (TP-CASTT elements)
We have spent some time discussing TP-CASTT as a method of poetry analysis. If you need a review, you can scroll through this TP-CASTT presentation I used to introduce it to you in class. Remember that this method provides you with a strategy to approach poetry analysis; this is not the only way to analyze a poem, but it is an easy one. You will now practice close reading of a poem of your choice using the TP-CASTT method and then create a video for your poem based on your analysis that helps to visually enhance it for us, your audience. Think of this the same way that a music video captures the lyrics and imagery of a song. Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is an excellent example of bringing the imagery of lyrics to the screen. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a few examples of this project from former students.
Choose a poem to analyze.
Then, create a video that captures the meaning, connotations, and imagery of the poem.
Step 1: Poetry Analysis
- Choose poem to analyze using the TP-CASTT method. You may choose any poem from your POETRY app or from the Poetry Foundation online. You may complete this analysis on paper, or you may use this TP-CASTT handout. Remember to start by recording first impressions and reactions to the title. The connotation section is where you should spend most of your time. You should analyze several words, images, symbols, and figures of speech in the poem itself. You may want to paste the actual poem into Notability beneath the TP-CASTT handout and annotate/write your thoughts about connotations on the poem itself. The TP-CASTT analysis will count as a minor grade (but it is a weighty grade since we don't have many minor grades. Do your best work. I am grading for accuracy, not just effort. You must show an understanding of the poem's meaning.) (TPCASTTs are due by the end of class on Friday, April 25th!)
- Collect/brainstorm at least ten images and one sound/song that convey the images, connotations, symbols, etc. of your poem. This will serve as a starting point for your video. I would suggest saving some of them to your camera roll so that you can use them in iMovie once you are ready to create the video.
Step 2: Production
- Examine your TP-CASTT analysis. Highlight the “best” information from your analysis that could help you “direct” your video.
- Storyboard your video using this handout. Plan out screen shots, text slides or subtitles, and music. If you need more space, continue onto notebook paper. This is a vital part of the process! A good plan will help you make the movie quickly. Include at least FIVE elements of your TP-CASTT analysis somewhere in the video. You will explain them when you present. Highlight these elements on your storyboard. Your storyboard will count as another minor grade (again, important even though it's minor).
- Produce your video. I would suggest using iMovie, but ultimately, the decision is up to you. As long as the video combines text, sound, and images that capture the meaning, connotations, and imagery of the poem, I don't care what tool you use to create it. I suggest iMovie because I know it enough to offer you assistance and it works well with the iPads. The last slide(s) MUST give your name, the date, and attribution to your text, sound(s), and images. (The video will count as a major grade.)
- Project Submission & Due Dates
- Turn in your TP-CASTT via email by the end of class on Friday, April 25th. Use the subject line BlockTPCASTT. If you wrote out the TP-CASTT on paper, take a picture of it and email me the picture.
- Turn in your storyboard with the five TP-CASTT elements that you included in the video clearly highlighted. You may email me the storyboard using the subject line BlockPoemStoryboard, or you may give me a hard copy. Storyboards are due via email by the BEGINNING of class on May 1st. This means that if you don't finish the storyboard in class on Friday, you must complete it for homework and be ready to submit it on May 1st at the beginning of class so that you have that whole class block to produce the video.
- Videos are due by the beginning of class on Monday, May 5th. Please use my Dropittome link to submit your movie. The password is eagles. You will present your video in class that day. When you present, you will show your video and then explain your TP-CASTT analysis elements that were included. REMEMBER" The last slide(s) MUST give your name, the date, and attribution to your text, sound(s), and images. Make sure the video plays on your iPad. When you come to class on May 5th, I will provide you details about how to turn it in to me.
Example poetry videos: Click on each thumbnail to view videos.
Mrs. Carter's Example Video
The Prologue to Romeo and Juliet
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
A Lullaby by Ryan Cole
I will write a lullaby
for all the lost and fallen
who linger on barstools
until the shout of last call
I will sing a ballad
for the lonely and brave
who face the dawn
with tired eyes and chagrined smiles
I will play a dirge
for the sad and scattered
who seek redemption in another's eyes
if only for a moment or a day
And I will compose a sonnet
for all of us who continue
and cling to love
if only as promise unfulfilled
Love's Transgressions Speech from Romeo and Juliet
Why, such is love’s transgression.
Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
Which thou wilt propagate, to have it pressed
With more of thine. This love that thou hast shown
Doth add more grief to too much of mine own.
Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
Farewell, my coz.