Unseen Poetry 4, Lesson 2

Today you will:

Compare the effects of writers methods’ to create meaning

You will need:

– a pen
– your English book/paper
– your work on The Piano from Unseen Poetry 4, lesson 1.

By the end of this blog you will:

– have annotated a poem.
– written a comparative response.

In Unseen Poetry 4, lesson 1 you completed Section A and analysed one poem.

Today, you will complete Section B: you have to compare the methods used in TWO poems. This question is worth 8 marks. You should write about similarities and differences in how methods are used between the two poems. 

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 do need to annotate I Remember, I Remember: but you need to do it whilst still thinking about ‘The Piano’.
Annotate the poem using the prompts below.


Are there any similarities or differences between I Remember, I Remember and The Piano? Which methods create these?
What methods are used? Why?
What is the mood/atmosphere of the poem? Is this similar or different to I Remember, I Remember? Which methods create the moods/ atmospheres of the poems?

The Piano is below to help you.

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

I Remember, I Remember – the memories are related to the natural world whilst in The Piano, memories are related to a concrete item.
There is a sense of regret in both poems:
I Remember, I Remember – ‘To know I’m farther off from Heaven’
The Piano – ‘the tunes of the past are devoured of this music’s ravaging glamour.

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

In both ‘The Piano‘ and ‘I Remember, I Remember‘ the speakers describe memories of childhood.
What are the similarities and/or differences in the way the poets present these memories??

Which words did you underline?

In both ‘The Piano‘ and ‘I Remember, I Remember‘ the speakers describe memories of childhood.

What are the similarities and/or differences in the way the poets present these memories?

You are going to use parts of the ‘What? Where? How? Why?’ order to structure your response. Because you are only comparing the methods, you should change the order of the structure, and go ‘How? Where? What?’ In the exam you should do this for each poem twice.
Look at the table below to help you.

Task 5: Write 2 paragraphs answering the question:

In both ‘The Piano‘ and ‘I Remember, I Remember‘ the speakers describe memories of childhood.
What are the similarities and/or differences in the way the poets present these 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.