What do you predict that the poem is going to be about?
Conscientious ObjectorLearning Objective: To evaluate theeffect of personification in thepoem on the reader What is the meaning of this poster? Who is it aimed towards? Why is it effective?
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Conscientious Objector• Conscientious objectors are people who object to participatingin wars for either moral or religious reasons• During the two world war’s, many men were imprisoned andsome even sentenced to death for refusing to fight in the BritishArmy.• The poem we are going to lookat today is written from thepoint of view of a conscientiousobjector.
Personification• One of the key devices used in this poem is personification.• What is personification?• Which of these sentences are examples of personification?
Reading the poem• As we read through the poem, annotate any examples of personification that you hear.• What is being personified?
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for death. I hear him leading his horse out of the stall; I hear the clatter on the barn-floor. He is in haste; he has business in Cuba, business in the Balkans, many calls to make in the morning. But I will not hold the bridle while he cinches the girth.5 is ? And he may mount by himself; I will not give him a leg up. h ifat ied W n Though he flick my shoulders with his whip, I will not so tell him which way the fox ran. er that I shall do for death; I am With his hoof on my breast, I will not tell him where the p black boy hides in the swamp. I shall die, but that is all not on his pay-roll. I will not tell him the whereabouts of my friends nor of10 my enemies either. Though he promises me much, I will not map him the route to any man’s door.
Paired Work• Look at lines 4-7.• In your pairs, try to deduce how the port uses the personification of Death to show the role of the conscientious objector.• What does death do in the poem which is intimidating? What might these images represent?• Be ready to feedback your ideas to the class.
Themes and Ideas• Look at lines 3, 6 and 7.• Where does death Cuban war of The ‘Have business’? independence and the Balkan War were both major conflicts during the poet’s life.
Themes and Ideas• The poet also references two other ideas in the poem.• Why did she include these? What message is she trying to send?• Ext: What is the effect of repeating the first line of the poem in line eight?
Independent Writing• Write a paragraph in response to the following question. How does the poet create a voice and persona to convey the idea of conscience in the poem?• You should refer to... – The personification of death – The use of first-person narration – The image of death as a horseman
Finally...• Is it right that people should be allowed to refuse to fight for their country?• Vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on your post-it, along with a reason for your vote.