Yr11 Litpoetry 25/2/08


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Yr11 Litpoetry 25/2/08

  1. 1. Objectives: <ul><li>To understand the nature of the Literature exam, with a focus on Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>To understand the key AOs </li></ul><ul><li>To begin to explore Seamus Heaney’s ‘Digging’ </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is happening in these two pictures? What is your perception of the people, places and ‘events’?
  3. 3. Reading: ‘ The Boy with a Cloud in His Hand’
  4. 4. Approach: <ul><li>Feelings, attitudes and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Structure and form </li></ul><ul><li>Language (poetic devices and effect) </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on similarities and differences </li></ul><ul><li>POP and further thoughts </li></ul>
  5. 5. The AOs: <ul><li>Critical, sensitive response to the poems using textual evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Explore how language, structure and forms contribute to meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Consider different approaches and interpretations </li></ul><ul><li>Explore and evaluate relationships and comparisons within and between the poems </li></ul>
  6. 6. Heaney: <ul><li>Born to RC farming family in Northern Ireland in 1939 </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry concerns rural life, how people change as they mature, and death </li></ul><ul><li>Tried to relate thoughts and feelings about how he felt about political events in NI without becoming propagandist </li></ul>
  7. 7. ‘ Digging’ By Seamus Heaney
  8. 8. So, it’s just about a bloke digging then?
  9. 9. Attitudes, feelings, ideas:
  10. 10. Structure: Line length, stanza length, punctuation… Rhyme or rhythm? Particular poetic form? How is it sequenced? Layout on Page? EFFECT?
  11. 11. Language focus: <ul><li>Alliteration </li></ul><ul><li>Assonance (internal rhyme – where the vowel sound rhymes) </li></ul><ul><li>Onomatopoeia </li></ul><ul><li>You must NOT just ‘identify’ – you MUST COMMENT ON EFFECT/IMPACT! </li></ul>
  12. 12. ‘ Catrin’ By Gillian Clarke
  13. 13. Gillian Clarke: <ul><li>Born 1937 in Cardiff </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches creative writing at the University of Glamorgan </li></ul><ul><li>Many of her poems reflect on cultural identity, family relationships and nature </li></ul>
  14. 14. Read the poem yourself: Can you find any initial points of comparison with ‘Digging’?
  15. 15. Clarke seems to have admiration for her daughter, the words ‘straight, strong, long brown hair’ suggest feelings of respect and convey her beauty. However, the mother seems confused, as she also sees their relationship as a ‘struggle’ and full of ‘fierce confrontation(s)’.
  16. 16. Attitudes, feelings, ideas: <ul><li>A poem of CONFLICT </li></ul><ul><li>A poem about LOVE </li></ul><ul><li>A poem about CONFUSION </li></ul>
  17. 17. Structure: Line length, stanza length, punctuation… Rhyme or rhythm? Particular poetic form? How is it sequenced? Layout on Page? EFFECT?
  18. 18. You are… OR
  19. 19. Language focus: <ul><li>A short paragraph, choosing from: </li></ul><ul><li>References to SOUND (eg: onomatopoeia or alliteration) </li></ul><ul><li>DESCRIPTION and the images created </li></ul><ul><li>METAPHORS – what is the impact/effect of the more symbolic language? </li></ul>
  20. 20. The ‘hot white/Room’ is in contrast to the colder, calmer outside. This suggests the intensity of the moment and the beginning of the ‘fierce… struggle’.
  21. 21. Cross reference: <ul><li>Now, using appropriate terms for similarities and differences… </li></ul><ul><li>Extend your response to incorporate commentary on ‘Digging’ </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘focus’ should be the same, but the effect will no doubt be different </li></ul>
  22. 22. In both poems, the language used affects our perception of the characters. Heaney’s rugged, harsh language adds to the impression of his father and grand father being strong, hard-working men; the poet vividly describes his father’s ‘straining rump’ as he tirelessly digs. Likewise, Clarke’s use of alliteration and rhyme in ‘your straight, strong, long/Brown hair’ emphasises Catrin’s strength and good looks.
  23. 23. For the following images: <ul><li>Link it with the poem </li></ul><ul><li>Explore why it is an important image </li></ul><ul><li>Offer alternative interpretations </li></ul>