English Literature SECTION B: PRE-1914 AND POST-1914 POETRY AO1 : respond to texts critically, sensitively and in detail, selecting appropriate ways to convey their response, using textual evidence as appropriate; AO2: explore how language, structure and forms contribute to the meanings of texts, considering different approaches to texts and alternative interpretations; AO3: explore relationships and comparisons between texts, selecting and evaluating relevant material. Assessment Objectives
Read the poem and write a question on the slip of paper provided. ‘ Digging’ by Seamus Heaney Glossary potato drills (line 8) parallel ridges in the earth for growing potatoes lug (line 10) the flattened top edge of the spade blade, against which the digger pushes with his foot shaft (line 10) the pole between the handle and the blade turf (line 17) a section of peat, cut from the ground for fuel
Answer the questions in your groups.
One person will need to explain your findings to the class while another must annotate the poem on the board.
Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; as snug as a gun. Under my window a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground: My father, digging. I look down
Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds Bends low, comes up twenty years away Stooping in rhythm through potato drills Where he was digging.
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft Against the inside knee was levered firmly. He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep To scatter new potatoes that we picked Loving their cool hardness in our hands. By God, the old man could handle a spade, Just like his old man.
My grandfather could cut more turf in a day Than any other man on Toner's bog. Once I carried him milk in a bottle Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up To drink it, then fell to right away
Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods Over his shoulder, digging down and down For the good turf. Digging.
The cold smell of potato mold, the squelch and slap Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge Through living roots awaken in my head. But I've no spade to follow men like them. Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. I'll dig with it.
Cold Knap Lake
SECTION B: PRE-1914 AND POST-1914 POETRY EITHER 20 Answer both parts (a) and (b) (a) Compare how young people are presented in ‘Death of a Naturalist’ by Seamus Heaney and one other Post-1914 poem by Gillian Clarke or Seamus Heaney. and then (b) Compare how young people are presented in ‘The Affliction of Margaret’ by William Wordsworth and one other poem from the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank. In both parts (a) and (b), remember to compare: the young people in the poems how the poets present the young people. (36 marks) OR 21 Which poems in the AQA English Literature Anthology did you most enjoy? Compare your enjoyment of ‘Catrin’ by Gillian Clarke with one poem by Seamus Heaney and two poems from the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank. Remember to compare: the content of the poems the ways the poems are written