Unseen Poetry 5, 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.

The speaker creates an image of violence that is not suitable for the boy.
There is reference to objects that can hurt and kill such as ‘teeth’, ‘blade’ and ‘antlers’.

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

In ‘Arms and the Boy’ how does the poet present the speaker’s feelings about young men going to war?

Which words did you underline?

In ‘Arms and the Boyhow does the poet present the speaker’s feelings about young men going to war?

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 ‘Arms and the Boy‘ how does the poet present the speaker’s feelings about young men going to war?

Do you need to see a model response?

In ‘Arms and the Boy’ the speaker clearly views the boy going to war as a negative and unnecessary event. It could be suggested that the personification of the bayonet implies that the weapon is more ‘hungry for blood’ than the boy and the boy is being led to war by the weapon he is carrying. The adjective ‘hungry’ implies that the weapon has a strong urge for killing. The reader may feel that it is the bayonet that gives the boy the power rather than the boy holding the power to kill himself.

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.