What do you think is being described by the following sets of words? wild strange magic ecstatic rapture mysterious fire apocalyptic lumbering steady great hulks broad-breasted gigantic warm smouldering manes
Horses - Edwin Muir (no. 113) 1 Use the class dictionaries to look up any words that you are not sure about and to annotate the poems carefully. Also remember that the poems have a glossary underneath. Edwin Muir was born in 1887 on a farm in the Orkney Islands. At the age of 14 he moved with his family to Glasgow ( a big industrial city in Scotland) which he came to regard as a descent from Eden into hell.
2 In what ways is the poem about the (a) environment (b) the animal itself. Highlight using 2 different colours to help yourself illustrate this. 3 Are there any time shifts (changes in time) in the poem? Identify where the poet seems to refer to a pre industrial age. With what emotion does he do it? 4 Find an example of personification in the poem. 5 What is the tone of stanzas 4 and 5? What shows us this? 6 How effective is the final verse of the poem. What is he trying to do and is he successful?
Pike - Ted Hughes http://poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoem.do?poemId=7079 Listen to the poet talking about the poem and then his reading of the poem itself. When it is finished write down your first impressions of the reading. What moods does it bring to mind? Look up words that you don´t understand and annotate the poem.
Pike - Ted Hughes Focus on the descriptive language at the start of the poem. 1 Look back at your notes on Romanticism. In what ways does the poem discard Romantic notions about the natural world? 2 What is its 'instrument' that is referred to in stanza 4? 3 In what ways are stanzas 5-7 different from the rest of the poem? 4 The economy of the last two words of stanza 5 is effective in conveying what? 5 What is the atmosphere of the last verse? In the final line who is watching whom?
Hunting snake 1 There are 3 areas of content to focus on with the poem. They are ... a The description of ... b The effect the snake has on the ... c The brief mention of the creature being ... 2 Do you note anything about the number of syllables being used per line? 3 What is the effect of alliteration in the poem (verse 3) 4 How might the word 'reeling' have a double meaning in this context? 5 What are the snakes majestic qualities? 6 Does the use of monosyllabic words work with the meaning of the poem?
Choose 2 poems from Horses, Pike and Hunting Snake to answer the following exam style question. Explore the ways in which these two poets use an animal to show the power of nature.
Poetry comparison feedback 1 Beware of listing too many examples or quotations withoput discussing them or explaining connotations 2 The same for list of techniques without examples 3 Saying ´formal language´to mean anything that is not slang is not a useful lcomment 4 Explanation needs to link back carefully to the question