Quick Technical Terms Test

For each of the following, give the technical term. “Boom!” He has passed away. That is well minging. Caesar was the first to wear the purple. And where do you think you’re going? After what seemed an eternity, they arrived. A chicken crossing the road is truly poultry in motion Betty bought a bit of butter… Each blade of grass was a tiny bayonet pointed … Continue reading Quick Technical Terms Test

“To A Mouse”

Notes from class: Socialism            Treating everyone the same way? “To A Mouse” is a socialist poem. The poem is based on an extended metaphor – the human character represents the rich, the mouse represents the poor. Burns makes it easy to sympathise with the mouse in the first stanza. He calls the mouse, “wee sleekit cow’rin’ timrous beastie”. This helps us to feel sympathy for … Continue reading “To A Mouse”

S1 Poetry

Notes from class Simile – Use of like or as in a comparison Anecdote – A story from our own experience Alliteration – Repetition of consonant sounds Metaphor – Saying one thing is another thing Onomatopoeia – Sound effects Personification – Comparing something non-human to  a human Meter – Syllable count per line Stanza – A paragraph Rhyme – Repeating sounds at the end of … Continue reading S1 Poetry

"If" – Essay Beginnings

How does Rudyard Kipling make his poem, “If”, more memorable for the reader? Point Example Explanation Kipling makes his poem more memorable when he makes use of a definite rhyme scheme. In the poem, every second line rhymes, so, for example, “master” rhymes with “disaster”, and “ “aim” rhymes with “same”. This makes the poem more memorable because the rhymed words stick in the reader’s … Continue reading "If" – Essay Beginnings

"If" – Notes in progress

Lines 1&2 – Stay calm when others aren’t. Lines 3&4 – Trust yourself when others doubt you. Line 6 – Don’t lie just because others are lying. Line 7 – Don’t hate just because others are hating. Line 8 – Don’t become arrogant. Line 9 – Don’t be controlled by your ambition. Line 10 – Don’t think just for the sake of it. Lines 11&12 … Continue reading "If" – Notes in progress

Poetry Vocabulary Task

Metaphor – image stating one thing is something which it is _______________. Simile – _______________ stating one thing is LIKE or AS something which it is not. Alliteration – repetition of the same _______________ sound. End-rhyme – words at the _______________ of a line which end with the same syllable sound. Internal rhyme – words within a line which end with the same _______________ sound. … Continue reading Poetry Vocabulary Task

Waking With Russell — The Thread – Essay Plan

From today’s class discussion…     Choose two poems which approach a similar theme in different ways. Explain the nature of these different approaches and discuss which approach leads, in your opinion, to the more pleasing poem. Introduction: Name of writer Name of the text(s) Date written The gist of the text Intention (What is your essay going to be about)  Paragraph One Father worrying … Continue reading Waking With Russell — The Thread – Essay Plan

Romanticism: A Short Introduction

Mostly for my Higher class, here’s a downloadable overview of the Romantic movement. The Romantic poets wrte from the 1770s to the 1830s (roughly) and the six most famous Romantic poets were Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley and Wordsworth. There are MANY other writers for you to investigate if you have time. Increasingly, John Clare is being added to this Big Six, and female writers … Continue reading Romanticism: A Short Introduction

Aimon Armitage – "Mother any distance…"

Today we decided to model an answer around the following question:  Answers to questions in this section should refer to the text and to such relevant features as: word choice, tone, imagery, structure, content, rhythm, theme, sound, ideas… Choose a poem about a strong relationship – for example, between two people, or between a person and a place. Show how the poet, by choice of … Continue reading Aimon Armitage – "Mother any distance…"

Higher – Poetry Essay 1 – Choices

Answers to questions on poetry should address relevantly the central concern(s)/theme(s) of the text(s) and be supported by reference to appropriate poetic techniques such as: imagery, verse form, structure, mood, tone, sound, rhythm, rhyme, characterisation, contrast, setting, symbolism, word choice . . . 1.  Choose a poem in which the poet blends narration and reflection. Show how the poet blends these two aspects in such … Continue reading Higher – Poetry Essay 1 – Choices

S2 Riddles

Below is the giant riddle/ poem we discussed in class. Let’s see who a) guesses the title and b) can explain why… I’m a riddle in nine syllables. An elephant, a ponderous house, A melon strolling on two tendrils. O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising. Money’s new-minted in this fat purse. I’m a means, a stage, a cow … Continue reading S2 Riddles

Alliteration – Tongue Twisters

Remember, alliteration is the repetition of the same consonant sound. These might help you to remember… A proper copper coffee pot. Red Leather Yellow LeatherPeter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.The shells she sells are sea-shells, for sure. Betty bought a bit of butter and put it in her batterBut the bit of butter Betty bought made her batter … Continue reading Alliteration – Tongue Twisters

Poetry Creative Writing – S2

Haiku5-7-5(Three) AcrosticEvery line begins with a letter to spell a vertical word. (Eight syllables per line/ min. eight lines) Sonnet14 lines (4/4/4/2)(Ten syllables per line) CoupletsA series of rhyming twin lines.(Ten syllables/ eight lines) QuatrainsA series of rhyming twin lines/ two pairs per verse.(Ten syllables/ 3 quatrains)Themes: MagicForestsSeasonsPlays/ DramaLoveBooksTime Continue reading Poetry Creative Writing – S2

Half-rhyme and alternative stresses

Leading on from a conversation at lunch today with RM and FR. Here are some lines which feature half-rhyme. I especially like the second quatrain, by Emily Dickinson. When have I last looked onThe round green eyes and the long wavering bodiesOf the dark leopards of the moon?All the wild witches, those most noble ladies, Hope is the thing with feathersThat perches in the soul,And … Continue reading Half-rhyme and alternative stresses

The Sonnet (i) by William Wordsworth

This may be of use to two groups of pupils: 1) Advanced Higher pupils looking at “Prayer” by Carol Ann Duffy.2) Sonnet contestants. “The Sonnet (i)” by William Wordworth Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room,And hermits are contented with their cells,And students with their pensive citadels;Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom,Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom,High as … Continue reading The Sonnet (i) by William Wordsworth

First and Second Year Cover Classes

FireworksBy James Reeves. They rise like sudden fiery flowersThat burst upon the night,Then fall to earth in burning showersOf crimson, blue and white. Like buds too wonderful to name,Each miracle unfoldsAnd Catherine wheels begin to flameLike whirling marigolds. Rockets and Roman candles makeAn orchard of the sky,Where magic trees their petals shakeUpon each gazing eye. 1) Find an example in the poem of a simile.2) … Continue reading First and Second Year Cover Classes