Unseen Poetry 5, 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 Arms and the Boy from Unseen Poetry 5, lesson 1.

By the end of this blog you will:

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

In Unseen Poetry 5, 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 The Volunteer: but you need to do it whilst still thinking about ‘Arms and the Boy’.
Annotate the poem using the prompts below.


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

Arms and the Boy 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.

The Volunteer – there is a sense of pride in death that the clerk is had as he ‘lies content’.
Arms and the Boy – there is no sense of pride. the boy is not suitable for the war

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

In both ‘Arms and the Boy‘ and ‘The Volunteer‘ the speakers discuss going to war.
What are the similarities and/or differences in the way the poets present the theme of men’s attitudes to going to war?

Which words did you underline?

In both ‘Arms and the Boy‘ and ‘The Volunteer‘ the speakers discuss going to war.

What are the similarities and/or differences in the way the poets present the theme of men’s attitudes to going to war?

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 ‘Arms and the Boy‘ and ‘The Volunteer‘ the speakers discuss going to war.
What are the similarities and/or differences in the way the poets present the theme of men’s attitudes to going to war?

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.