Category Archives: Poems for 2013/2014

Poems examined by CIE for English Literature from the Songs Of Ourseleves Anthology

Notes for Teachers on IGCSE poems (2013-2015)

I have included the CIE IGCSE ‘Notes for Teacher’ on the Songs of Ourselves selection of poems. The notes are not especially detailed but they do make a really good starting point. Notes_for_Teachers_on_IGCSE set_poems_2013,_2014,_2015

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Pike by Ted Hughes (ESL/Starter Activity)

In Pike Hughes offers a far from Romantic view of nature in his depiction of this primitive and malevolent fish. The poem begins with a description of a baby pike, and we are given the impression that right from the … Continue reading

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ESL Activity -Á Different History by Sujata Bhatt

A Different History –Sujata Bhatt Sujata Bhatt’s poem ‘A Different History’ is an appealing poem because it _______________________________________. The poem is divided up into two sections and the tone also changes from the descriptive to some very big questions. The … Continue reading

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Composed Upon Westminister Bridge-Fun Task

Using the structure of the original poem rewrite it so that your version sounds particulary negative about urbanisation.

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Pied Beauty

Pied Beauty   Glory be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; And áll … Continue reading

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The Hunting Snake by Judith Wright (ESL differentiated task)

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In the poem ‘The Snake Hunter’ Judith Wright describes the reactions of the travelers in the line ‘_________________________________________________________________’ . ‘Froze’ suggests that the both the speaker of the poem and the person/s accompanying her __________________________ because __________________________________________________________. ‘Reeling’ to describe … Continue reading

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Language Features of ‘Summer Farm’ by Norman MacCraig

Orientation into the language features of ‘Summer Farm’ In the opening line of the poem, MacCraig provides the reader with a simile, comparing the ___________________ to _____________________________. This description is also oxymoronic as lightning is described as ‘tame’, whereas is … Continue reading

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Summer Farm by Norman MacCraig (differentiated task)

Hello everyone, Having looked at suburban life and city planning, we are going to return back to farm life. Comparisons between Norman MacCraig’s ‘Summer Farm’ and Elizabeth Brewster’s ‘Where I Come From’ can be easily made – the persona in … Continue reading

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Allen Curnow-’Continuum’-Notes

Allen Curnow – ‘Continuum’ Allen Curnow lived the whole of his long life (1911-2001) in New Zealand; initially he studied theology in order to follow his father’s calling as a priest, but he later became a journalist, work that he … Continue reading

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Judith Wright-The Hunting Snake-Notes

Judith Wright – ‘Hunting Snake’ Judith Wright was born in Australia in 1915, and lived in that country until her death in 2000; she was intensely fond of the countryside and all that it meant to those who lived there, … Continue reading

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