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Brian patten

  1. 1. Brian Patten Geography Lesson
  2. 2. The Title <ul><li>The title “Geography Lesson” is very important to this poem. </li></ul><ul><li>What different meanings can you find in this title? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Questions to consider <ul><li>Why is the teacher only referred to as “our teacher” and “he”? Why didn’t the poet name him? </li></ul><ul><li>The speaker of the poem tell us “I travel to where the green leaves burn,”. In what ways does he “travel”? </li></ul><ul><li>Which poem ,from those we have studied, is most similar to this one? How are they similar in terms of subject matter and poetic techniques? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tracking Tone <ul><li>Create a line graph like the one below and mark the changing tone of the poem. </li></ul>Tone Happy Sad Stanza 1 2 3 4 5 6 Changing tone of poem
  5. 5. Tracking Tone <ul><li>How is your graph different or similar to this one? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tracking Tone <ul><li>Now add brief quotes onto your graph that highlight the change in tone. See examples. </li></ul>“ to all those places” “ he never knew”
  7. 7. Filling in the gaps <ul><li>What places do you think the teacher wanted to visit? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Filling in the gaps <ul><li>Where might he find “green leaves burning on an orange tree” “lands” which are never “drab or cold” and “warm blue sea”. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Your journey Spend some time thinking about a place or country you would like to visit. Imagine you are there. How would it look, smell, feel, taste, sound? Describe the place to a partner.
  10. 10. Poet’s intention <ul><li>What does the poet think makes a good teacher? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the poet tell us about how we learn? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does the poet see imagination as important? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the poet implying about our dreams and hopes? </li></ul>
  11. 11. More on Brian Patten <ul><li>Brian Patten alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough created Mersey Sound in the 1960s. Did you see the similarities between this poem and “The Trouble with Snowmen”? </li></ul><ul><li>His work often focuses on the importance of full experience of life and the imagination. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I feel that poetry permits us to wake up our memory and association and view familiar things in a different way. If I was to define poetry, I would say, 'One of the many things a poem can do / Is remind us what we forgot we knew'&quot; - Brian Patten </li></ul>
  12. 12. If you like that, try these <ul><li>“ A small dragon ” is another Patten poem. </li></ul><ul><li>Patten also wrote a poem in memory of Stevie Smith “ Blake’s Purest Daughter ” Do you remember who Blake was? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Vote <ul><li>So we have reached the end of our journey together. This week’s activity is to decide upon your favourite 3 poems in order. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are the poems you’ve studied again: </li></ul><ul><li>Carlos Williams Carlos “XXII” </li></ul><ul><li>Tennyson “Eagle” </li></ul><ul><li>Roger Mc Gough “The Trouble with Snowmen” </li></ul><ul><li>Nazim Hikmet Ran “ I Stand Alone at Every Door” </li></ul><ul><li>Carol Ann Duffy “Late” </li></ul><ul><li>Walter de la Mare “Five Eyes” </li></ul><ul><li>Stevie Smith “ Not Waving but Drowning” </li></ul><ul><li>Brian Patten “ Geography Lesson” </li></ul>

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