Poetry Comparison Task


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Poetry Comparison Task

  1. 1. What you need to do… <ul><li>Work out a group of 4. </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a pair of poems </li></ul><ul><li>Come and see Mr Edgecombe and tell him which pair you are doing. </li></ul><ul><li>If another group has beaten you to it, you will need a fresh pair. </li></ul><ul><li>Each member of your group will pick some aspect to compare. For instance, someone might write about symbols used in the poem, someone else might talk about </li></ul>
  2. 2. ‘ House and Land’ Allen Curnow 1941 ‘ The Skeleton of the Great Moa in the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch’ Allen Curnow 1943 ‘ Sad Joke on a Marae’ Apirana Taylor ‘ The Trick of Standing Upright Here’ Glenn Colquhoun 1999
  3. 3. Your task (working in groups of 4) <ul><li>What is the central idea of each poem? </li></ul><ul><li>How does each poet make use of the following to make their point </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Symbolism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure (e.g six line stanzas, sonnet, mihi etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhyme/ half rhyme/ free verse to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End-stopped lines/ enjambment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repetition/ contrast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subversion of form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is the tone? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does it change? If so, where? Why? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Which specific words contribute to this tone? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why does the poet create this tone? </li></ul></ul></ul>Each member of your group will write ONE paragraph. Pick ONE thing for each member of your group to look at (e.g. Paul will look at repetition, Simon will look at tone, Duncan sym bolism) It will be a long paragraph – at least hand-written 25 lines. Use MULTIPLE examples to make your point. Talk about both poems.
  4. 4. Turangawaewae : a place to stand
  5. 6. EXEMPLAR… In his 1941 poem ‘House and Land’ Allen Curnow makes the point that New Z ealanders have no real sense of their own identity. They are displaced from Britain, (widely regarded in 1941 as the Mother Country), yet they have not adapted to New Zealand customs, or emotionally settled in New Zealand. Curnow ends the poem talking about ‘…what great gloom stands in a land of settlers with never a soul at home.’ Curnow draws upon the key difference between a house and a home to make this point. The reader is left in no doubt that a house is merely a physical building, whereas a home requires emotional attachment. Therefore, the ending is significant, because it is a direct criticism of those who have not adapted. Apirana Taylor’s poem ‘Sad Joke on a Marae’ deals again with the idea of displacement. Like Curnow’s earlier poem, Taylor deals with a people-group who are stuck in limbo between two cultures. Curnow’s claim is that Pakeha in 1941 are clinging to British customs, with relics such as pictures of ‘…the baronet Uncle…’ and other such British relics. Taylor also presents people who are torn between two cultures. The central character, ‘Tu the freezing worker’ is a Maori man, trapped between Maori culture and Pakeha culture. He stands to give his Mihi on a marae, yet it is obvious that he is disconnected from his Maori culture, when he says ‘I said nothing but/ Tihei Maoriora/ For that’s all I knew.’ Taylor’s point is that Maori who have lost sight of their own culture suffer. All elements of Pakeha culture referred to are negative: pubs, jail, repetative manual work.