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Monday 2nd - English

Poetry 1

Today we are beginning  a unit on poetry where we will learn about different types of imagery used by poets. By the end of today's lesson you will have identified poetic devices such as alliteration and personification. You will also show that you can respond to images created in a poem.

 

To begin with, just watch this video of 'I Met at Eve' by Walter de la Mare:

"I Met at Eve" by Walter De La Mare (Poetry Reading)

"I Met at Eve" by Walter De La Mare, a poem rich in imagery about the mythological prince of sleep. A reading of a poem in the public domain. I was inspired ...

Listen to the poem for a second time, but this time read along with your own copy of the poem.

(You can print it off or read it from the screen below.)

I Met at Eve - Walter de la Mare

I Met at Eve

Walter de la Mare

 

 

I met at eve the Prince of Sleep,

His was a still and lovely face,

He wandered through a valley steep,

Lovely in a lonely place.

 

His garb was grey of lavender,

About his brows a poppy-wreath

Burned like dim coals, and everywhere

The air was sweeter for his breath.

 

His twilight feet no sandals wore,

His eyes shone faint in their own flame,

Fair moths that gloomed his steps before

Seemed letters of his lovely name.

 

His house is in the mountain ways,

A phantom house of misty walls,

Whose golden flocks at evening graze,

And 'witch the moon with muffled calls.

 

Upwelling from his shadowy springs

Sweet waters shake a trembling sound,

There flit the hoot-owl's silent wings,

There hath his web the silkworm wound.

 

Dark in his pools clear visions lurk,

And rosy, as with morning buds,

Along his dales of broom and birk

Dreams haunt his solitary woods.

 

I met at eve the Prince of Sleep,

His was a still and lovely face,

He wandered through a valley steep,

Lovely in a lonely place.

What can you see in the poem?

 

Here are some questions to help you think about the techniques in the poem. Do you have someone at home that you could share them with? 

 

Can you find examples of ALLITERATION where the same letter or sound is at the beginning of close words or words next to each other?

Write down your examples.

 

Where is the rhyme in each verse? Which lines rhyme? Is this the same throughout the poem? Write down your observations.

 

This poem is a good example PERSONIFICATION where a poet makes something non-human (Sleep) become human-like by giving it human characteristics. Sleep becomes a prince and his human character is influenced by what the poet knows about sleep.

 

Your Task:

 

Draw the character 'The Prince of Sleep' and the scene around him and his home set by the poem. Refer to the poem to help you. What is the character wearing? What is his appearance? Where does he live?  Annotate your picture with the parts of the poem which support what you have drawn.

 

Glossary

Garb – Clothing

‘witch – Abbreviation of bewitch – to cast a spell.

Broom and birk – Wood/ birch

Twilight- The time between day and night

 

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