Unseen Poetry 4, 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.

A nostalgic mood is created at the beginning of the poem. There is something comforting about the memory that the speaker is recalling.

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

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

Which words did you underline?

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

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 Piano‘ how does the poet present memories?

Do you need to see a model response?

In ‘The Piano’ the speaker is clearly reminiscing about their childhood. There is a sense of affection in the memory ‘softly, in the shadows, a woman is singing to me’ as the adverb ‘softly’ suggests love and warmth. However, the noun ‘shadows’ contrasts with this idea as we wonder if the woman could possibly be hiding something. The reader is aware that the speaker has positive associations with the piano and that they look fondly upon the memory.

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.