Starter
 Groups
 Discuss

the statements.
 Order the people from most to least
guilty.
 Be

prepared to share and just...
Monday, 24th
February 2014

Poetry
L.O: To analyse
Language





Call My Bluff
This task will help you to become more familiar
with some of the vocabulary from the poem....
My Last Duchess
 Who

are the main characters and what do
you learn about them?
 The poem tells a story. What do you thi...
The poet - Robert Browning
(1812–1889)

Robert Browning was born in 1812 and as a young boy read extensively, having acces...
Group task
 Each

group has been given a section of
SMILE to analyse
 You have 15 minutes to annotate and fill out
the a...
Rotate and share
 Move

to the appropriate coloured table.

 Share

your findings and complete the table
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Poetry lesson 7 My Last Duchess

  1. 1. Starter  Groups  Discuss the statements.  Order the people from most to least guilty.  Be prepared to share and justify your choices 5 minutes
  2. 2. Monday, 24th February 2014 Poetry L.O: To analyse
  3. 3. Language     Call My Bluff This task will help you to become more familiar with some of the vocabulary from the poem. Listen carefully as the word is read out with the correct definition and two false ones. Try to work out the correct definition and write the answer onto your whiteboard.
  4. 4. My Last Duchess  Who are the main characters and what do you learn about them?  The poem tells a story. What do you think this is? Identify some of the key events.  What are your first impressions of the narrator/speaker?  What do you notice about the sounds or patterns of the rhythm and rhyme as it is read to you?
  5. 5. The poet - Robert Browning (1812–1889) Robert Browning was born in 1812 and as a young boy read extensively, having access to his parents’ huge library. His poetry was greatly influenced by Percy Bysshe Shelley and he went on to become a celebrated Victorian poet. Browning was married to the poet Elizabeth Barrett. He began to correspond with her after the publication of her first collection of poems. She was a semi invalid with an over protective father, and so the two of them married in secret and then fled to Italy. Browning’s poems reflect the social, spiritual and intellectual upheaval that took place during his lifetime. England was becoming more urban with the increasing industrialisation of previously rural life and new scientific theories made the previously religious population question their faith. In particular, Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species in 1859 led to a questioning of morality and right and wrong. His best work focuses on figures from the past, who reveal their thoughts and lives by speaking or thinking aloud. The poems explore conflict and the relationship between morality and art. Examples include ‘Men and Women’ (1855), ‘Dramatis Personae’ (1864) and ‘My Last Duchess’. His most successful work was ‘The Ring and the Book’, written in 1868, in which a number of different speakers narrate the verse. Robert Browning died on 12 December 1889 and was interred in Westminster Abbey.
  6. 6. Group task  Each group has been given a section of SMILE to analyse  You have 15 minutes to annotate and fill out the appropriate section of the sheet
  7. 7. Rotate and share  Move to the appropriate coloured table.  Share your findings and complete the table

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