Unseen Poetry 3, Lesson 1

Today you will:

Compare the effects of writers methods’ to create meaning

You will need:

– a pen
– your English book/paper

By the end of this blog you will:

– have annotated a poem.
– written an analysis response.

Last time you looked at Unseen Poetry you completed a comparison response.

Today, you will complete Section A: you have to analyse one poem. This task is worth 24 marks.

Task 1:

Read the poem below.

Task 2:

Write down your initial response to the poem.
– what do you think the poem is about?
– what is the tone of the poem?

Task 3: You now need to annotate the poem.


What are the indications of the title?
What is your summary of the poem?
What are the five quotations you would use to write about the poem?
What are the key words to explore further in the quotations?
What is the mood/atmosphere of the poem?
How does the poem conclude?
How is the story of the poem told?
What is the structure and form of the poem and what is the impact of these choices?
What methods does the write use and why?

Hopefully you’ve managed to answer some of the prompt questions.
If not, do not worry. Here are some ideas to help you.

‘Enkindled’ – connotations include to set on fire, to make bright and glowing.
‘bonfire’, ‘flame’, ‘smoke’ – metaphor that relates to the title.
Regular rhyme scheme.

Task 4: Look at the question below and underline the keywords.

In ‘The Enkindled Spring’ how does the poet present the effect of the season of Spring?

Which words did you underline?

In ‘The Enkindled Springhow does the poet present the effect of the season of Spring?

You are going to use parts of the ‘What? Where? How? Why?’ order to structure your response.
Look at the table below to help you.


Task 5: Write 2 paragraphs answering the question:

In ‘The Enkindled Spring‘ how does the poet present the effect of the season of Spring? ‘

Do you need to see a model response?

In ‘The Enkindled Spring‘ the opening line suggests that Spring is something vivid and alive. This is evident in the personification of Spring as it ‘bursts up in bonfires green’. The use of the verb ‘bursts’ suggests that Spring is forcing itself upon nature whilst the noun ‘bonfire’ could suggest that Spring will bring warmth and light. However, it could be argued that a bonfire is dangerous and something to be feared. The imagery created in this phrase contrasts with the assumptions the reader has of Spring; being a time of rebirth, renewal and hope. Lawrence suggests to the reader that Spring is much more assertive in its nature than the reader would first think.

Task 5: Write 2 paragraphs answering the question:

In ‘The Piano’ how does the poet present memories?

Now contact your English teacher. Send them the paragraph you have written.
You can do this through Show My Homework, Google Classroom, email or by sharing your work through OneDrive.