Poetry Homework: Research the poets

This week’s homework is to research the background of two of the poets we have studied (your choice). The work is due on Thursday 8th December.

The poets we have studied so far are are: Andrew Waterhouse, Maura Dooley, Thomas Hardy, Lord Byron, Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Daljit Nagra, Charlotte Mew, Seamus Heaney, Owen Sheers, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Cecil Day Lewis, Charles Causley,

Find out three facts about each of the poets.

Write two short paragraphs explaining how your findings affect your response to their poems.

Homework: Learning Quotations

Choose three of the poems we have studied.

Pick two short quotes from each poem and learn them off by heart.

The poems to choose from are: Before You Were Mine, Eden Rock, The Farmer’s Bride, Walking Away, Mother any distance greater than a single span, Climbing my Grandfather, Letters from Yorkshire, Porphyria’s Lover, When We Two Parted and Neutral Tones.

e.g. for Eden Rock you might choose the last line, “I had not thought that it would be like this” as one quote.

Quotes to be memorised by our English lesson on Thursday 24th November.

Homework: Writing about ‘Before You Were Mine’

Complete your essay on the poem ‘Before You Were Mine’. A reminder that the question you are answering is:

How does Carol Ann Duffy explore ideas about the relationship between a mother and daughter in ‘Before You Were Mine’?

  • Aim to write four clear paragraphs.
  • Use quotes in your answer, to back up each point.
  • Refer to themes as well as language and structural features of the poem.

You can see a copy of the poem here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/poetduffy/beforeyouwererev1.shtml

Hand in your finished essay on Thursday 10th November.

Homework – finish your poetry essay

Complete the writing you started in class on the poem ‘Mother any distance greater than a single span’ by Simon Armitage. Your writing needs to be completed by Wednesday 28th September.

In the poem ‘Mother, any distance’, how does the narrator reveal his relationship with his mother through the use of language?

  • Answer the question.
  • Use quotes from the poem in your answer.
  • Refer to the language and the structure of the poem in your answer.
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