Getting to grips with the unseen poem . LO: Learn to think about the meaning and interpretation of poems . S tarter. Make notes on the following: What do you think the poem means? What it makes you think about? What the poet wants you to think about How it makes you feel. .
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LO: Learn to think about the meaning and interpretation of poems
As Bad as a Mile
Watching the shield core
Striking the basket, skidding across the floor,
Shows less and less of luck, and more and more
Of failure spreading back up the arm
Earlier and earlier, the unraised hand calm,
The apple unbitten in the palm.
Make notes as we read it.
Backing Up Your IdeasLO: To be able to select relevant quotations to support answers.AO1: Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to support interpretation. AO2: Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writer’s presentation of ideas, themes and settings
Using PEE, explain why ‘A Woman’s work’ uses lots of questions in the early stages of the poem, but lots of statements at the end. What does this show about her?
3. Write a short account of the development of the woman’s feelings in the poem that you will present to the class. Try to justify your ideas, for example
At the start of the poem, the woman feels upset because the drive reminds her of the funeral procession as she is probably travelling slowly in a traffic jam, and is following a similar route. When she gets near to the works she thinks...