TPCASTT That Poetry Thing - Cooper's English site

TPCASTT That Poetry Thing - Cooper's English site

TPCASTT That Poetry Thing A Foundation for Pre-AP classes No Difference by Shel Silverstein Small as a peanut, So maybe the way Big as a giant, To make everything right Were all the same size Is for God to just reach out When we turn off the light And turn off the light! Rich as a sultan, Poor as a mite, Were all worth the same When we turn off the light. Red, black or orange, Yellow or white

We all look the same When we turn off the light Title 1. Read the title No Difference 2. Predict what you think the title might mean I think the title will compare two things that alike. Paraphrase 1. Read the poem

(twice if you have the time) 2. Rewrite the poem into your own words focusing on what the poem SAYS. Shel Silverstein uses 4 stanzas to explain that people are the same no matter their size, economic status, or color. He also implies that the true equalizer is Gods turning off of the light.

Connotation 1. Analyze poem for literary devices (all that Englishy stuff) 2. Break smaller pieces of the poem down to look for additional meanings A rhyming poem in nearly abcb rhyme scheme, No Difference is written in quatrains and relies heavily on similies to compare differences in human beings. Silverstein uses contrasting ideas such as peanut and giant, as well as sultan and mite to

illustrate the extremes of the human condition. His usage and repetition of turn off the light infers looking the same and being worth the same in the dark. That can have several meanings. It could mean that in the dark we are the same because people cannot see, or judge one another. It could mean that darkness, or suffering (the absence of Gods light) could be the great equalizer of humanity. Silversteins last stanza about God turning the light off on people to set the world right could mean either God encouraging us to gather in the darkness more often, or it could mean Gods permanently pulling the plug on humanity.

Attitude 1. How does the narrator of the poem feel about the subject? 2. How does the writer feel about the subject of the poem? The narrator of the poem clearly believes that all human are essentially the same regardless of money, race or physical appearance. In this poem I believe the narrator and the writer

harbor the same attitude toward the equality of mankind. Shifts 1. Identify shifts in the poem (subject, tone, speaker or attitudes) The first three quatrains of the poem are all similar in the tone and structure serving to describe people and their equality. The last stanza, however, shifts to a more moralistic viewpoint.

It doesnt just describe how people are the same, but what God should do about making right the injustices of humanity. Theme 1. What is the point, or universal meaning that the writer is discussing? Shel Silverstein expresses a common theme of the equality of people. Silverstein uses opposites to illustrate differences, then repeats turn off

the light to infer that humans are the same. Tone Identify tone using DIDLS or tone lists and cite evidence from the text Silverstein uses a child-like tone, as expressed by his simple wording use of subjects that children usually use for judgment such as rich/poor, big/small

Title 1. Examine the title again 2. How can you now interpret the poem? The title now obviously refers to the differences in humanity and that the author sees no differences in the value of people regardless of social status.

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