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


SMILE

Structure/ Meaning/ Imagery/ Language/ Effect


SOLLIDD (great for analyzing rhetoric)—

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


PATTR

Purpose/ Audience/ Tone/ Theme/ Rhetorical devices


WRITER

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


SCASI

Setting/ Characters/ Action/ Style/ Idea


SLAPP

Structure/ Language/ Audience/ Purpose/ Presentational Devices


LIST

Language/ Imagery/ Structure/ Tone


FLIRTS

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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DIDLS

Diction/ Imagery/ Details/ Language/ Sentence Structure


SOAPSTone

Speaker/ Occasion/ Audience/ Purpose/ Subject/ Tone


SPOTTSS

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


5S Strategy

Key sentences/ Speaker/ Situation/ Shifts/ Syntax


SIFTT

Symbols/ Images/ Figurative Language/ Tone & Theme


DUCATS

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


PPSSSSTTT

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


DITS (elements of tone)—

Diction/ Imagery/ Theme/ Style


TAPS

Topic/ Audience/ Purpose/ Speaker


SLLIDDTOP

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


TWIST

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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