Poetry Analysis: TP-FASTT T TITLE Anticipate Meaning. Questions? P PARAPHRASE What is it about? One to two sentences. F FIGURATIVE DEVICES Identify figurative language & sound devices. What is the EFFECT of these devices? My Papa’s Waltz! I believe that its meaning is the way his papa did things and the way he moved to do them. Did all this stuff really happen? It’s about a young child named Theodore Roethke who was abused by his dad in his childhood. His mother was a witness but didn’t do anything about it. Some of the different figurative language that was used in this poem is Imagery, symbolism, end rhymes, simile, and metaphor. The effect is it making the poet explain what he wants in different ways. A ATTITUDE His attitude is sad and he feels like he can’t do anything to change his horrible frightening life style. S SHIFTS In the forth stanza were he started to get beat. Analyze author’s/poet’s TONE Where does the tone, subject, Speaker, situation, or diction CHANGE? T TITLE Re-think the meaning of the title T THEME What is the poem saying? What is the message? He wasn’t actually dancing he was beating the kid. The theme in this poem is even though I was beaten didn’t stop me in life as you see know I became a famous poet. The message is just because your parents made extremely bad decisions doesn’t mean that it should stop you from doing what you love and in this case it is writing poetry.