Unit 2 Revision Workbook - Poetry Anthology revision booklet.
Bitesize Revision Activities
CCEA's microsite for the 'Nature and War' anthology
BBC Bitesize revision materials
BBC Bitesize revision materials
'Death of a Naturalist' by Seamus Heaney
You have two tasks.
1:Read the poem, whilst listening to Heaney's reading of it. (YouTube - PBS News Hour).
You may need to read through it several times before beginning the task below.
2: Then, annotate your copy of the poem using the slideshow below from YouTube - www.poetryessay.co.uk.
Remember - you can pause and rewind the video as needed until you have completed the annotation of your own poem.
Be prepared to discuss these points in the next lesson.
Homework - The Badger.
In the next lesson you will be comparing ‘Attack’ and ‘The Battle’.
Conveying the tragedy of war
Use of onomatopoeia and its effect upon the reader
The symbolism conveyed through the use of colour
The exhaustion of the soldiers
William Blake - 'Auguries of Innocence'
Visit the BBC Bitesize links for this poem and watch the videos / read the material.
In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman
Read your copy of the poem and watch the clip below.
We will be focusing upon the use of humour and irony in this poem, so you should be thinking about how this is presented by Betjeman.
Also, before class, think about the following questions:
BBC Arrows of Desire - Program 1.10: "In Westminster Abbey" by John Betjeman. Sony FMAM YouTube.
'Attack' by Siegfried Sassoon
Watch the above clip.
Read the poem -p23 of Anthology- and be prepared to discuss the following in class during group discussion.
Context, tense, use of sibilance and onomatopoeia, theme and tone.
Finally, find out what a caesural pause is and identify where it is used in this poem.
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death WB Yeats (1865-1939)
Biographical details about Yeats are on the website above.
Read the poem
Watch the two YouTube videos
Read the information below and answer the 5 questions.
Yeats wrote this poem for Major Gregory the son of Lady Gregory, a dear friend of Yeats and a supporter of the arts in Ireland at the time. Yeats has long been considered one of the most important 20th century poets. He was known as a Symbolist, but ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ enters into the realm of strict realism. It is a poignant poem, but painfully truthful as well. Airmen in the First World War had a very short career. It was a dangerous time to be an airman and many died.
This was a poem about an airman in the Great War, (World War I). At that period in Irish history, Ireland was entering a political shift and was on the cusp of major change. Ireland was still part of Britain at the time, but had begun to fight for its independence. The Easter Rising had occurred in 1916.
What do the opening lines below tell us about what is going to happen to the airman?
“I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;”
Then the airman states
“Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;”
What do the lines above tell you about the airman’s attitude towards the war?
What do the following lines tell us about the airman’s and other Irish men and women’s moral struggle as regards the war?
“My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.”
What do you think drove the airman to sign up to fight, based on the four lines below?
“Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;”
How do the final lines tell us how the airman reached his decision to fight?
“I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.”
'The Castle' by Edwin Muir
Homework - two tasks
1: Reading and research.
Go to CCEA's poetry microsite and read through all sections on 'The Castle'. Consider the questions as they will provide the basis of our discussion in class.
2: Writing - comparing and contrasting
You will be comparing and contrasting this poem with another war poem (must be from List C). Choose one and write a bullet list (at least six points) comparing and contrasting what the speakers in the poems say about war.