‘Assisi’ Lesson 2
Learning Intentions • Focus on the poet’s stance and how this is conveyed through MacCaig’s poetic techniques. • Consider the wider implications of this point of view and what the poet could be saying about the world as a whole. • Think about the structure of the poem and the main analysis points.
Analysis Word Choice Imagery Structure Stance
Odd One Out – Poet’s Stance Look at the list of words below and identify the odd one out: DisgustSympathyCompassion AngerUnderstandingPity
Poet’s Stance – Circle of Viewpoints Depending on your number, put yourself in the shoes of a character within the poem. Answer the following questions and be prepared to report back your ideas to the class • The begger • The poet • The priest • The tourists
Poet’s Stance – Circle of Viewpoints • How do you feel? • What makes you say that? (use evidence from the poem) • Why do you act this way?
Poet’s Stance In groups (taking on board what was said by the poet), identify: • How the poet feels about the beggar with reference to the text. • How the poet feels about the priest with reference to the text. • How the poet feels about the tourists with reference to the text. • How the poet wants YOU to feel about all of the characters.