Acronyms for Literary Analysis: A Comprehensive List of Strategies

When I set out to write the blog article for this week, I didn’t intend on writing about the various acronyms for literary analysis.  In fact, I didn’t realize there were quite so many acronyms out there.  Initially, I was searching for different strategies for poetry analysis, and when I searched for “TPCASTT,” I found many other acronyms for literary analysis at large.  So I decided to compile them here in a master list.  

Acronyms are effective mnemonic devices that enable us to remember information, and they make excellent tools to use in our classrooms to enhance student retention.  

Take a look at the list below of acronyms for literary analysis.  Some strategies work better for certain modes of writing while others work for any piece of literature.  Check off the ones you’ve heard of or the ones you’ve used in your classes.  Also see if you can make up a NEW acronym for literary analysis.   

OPTIC (for analyzing visual art)—

Overview/ Parts of the Picture/ Title/ Interrelationships/ Conclusion


Structure/ Meaning/ Imagery/ Language/ Effect

SOLLIDD (great for analyzing rhetoric)—

Syntax/ Organization/ Literary Devices/ Levels of Discourse/ Imagery/ Diction/ Detail


Purpose/ Audience/ Tone/ Theme/ Rhetorical devices


Who/ What/ Rhythm & Rhyme/ Imagery/ Tone/ Effects/ Response


Setting/ Characters/ Action/ Style/ Idea


Structure/ Language/ Audience/ Purpose/ Presentational Devices


Language/ Imagery/ Structure/ Tone


Form/ Language/ Imagery/ Rhythm & Rhyme/ Tone/ Structure

TPCASTT (for poetry analysis)—

Title/ Paraphrase/ Connotation/ Attitude/ Shift/ Title/ Theme

TPFASTT (for poetry analysis)—

Title/ Paraphrase/ Figurative Language/ Attitude/ Shifts/ Title/ Theme

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Diction/ Imagery/ Details/ Language/ Sentence Structure


Speaker/ Occasion/ Audience/ Purpose/ Subject/ Tone


Subject/ Paraphrase/ Occasion & Organization/ Title/ Tone/ Theme/ Speaker/ Strategies

5S Strategy

Key sentences/ Speaker/ Situation/ Shifts/ Syntax


Symbols/ Images/ Figurative Language/ Tone & Theme


Diction/ Unity (structure)/ Coherence (logic & organization)/ Audience/ Tone/ Syntax


Paraphrase/ Purpose/ Structure/ Shift/ Speaker/ Spelling & Diction / Tone/ Theme/ Title

DITS (elements of tone)—

Diction/ Imagery/ Theme/ Style


Topic/ Audience/ Purpose/ Speaker


Syntax/ Language/ Literary Devices/ Imagery/ Diction/ Detail/ Tone/ Organization/ Point of View


Tone/ Word Choice/ Style/ Theme

SMELL (for analyzing rhetoric)—

Sender/ Message/ Evidence/ Logic/ Language

Did you realize there were so many acronyms for literary analysis?  And these don’t even include the acronyms for writing!  

Do you have any acronyms to add to this list?  We’d love to hear from you!  Please leave us a comment below.  

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