unseen poetry mat - billy collins - introduction to poetry
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DESCRIPTIONMat to guide Unseen Poetry for GCSE/iGCSE. Acknowledgement to @JamieClark85
Section A35 marks45 minutes
Introduction to Poetry
I ask them to take a poemand hold it up to the lightlike a colour slide
or press an ear against its hive
I say drop a mouse into a poemand watch him probe his way out,
or walk inside the poems roomand feel the walls for a light switch.
I want them to waterskiacross the surface of a poemwaving at the authors name on the shore.
But all they want to dois tie the poem to a chair with ropeand torture a confession out of it.
They begin beating it with a hoseto find out what it really means.
3 Evaluation of writers uses of language/structure plus effects on readers
Imagery, metaphor, simile, personification, repetition, emotive, rhetoric, hyperbole, humour, alliteration, assonance, sibilance
Title ConnotationsConsider literal and metaphorical interpretations of the poems titleHitting the Criteria (Band 5/6)
1 Explore themes and ideas showing insight.A theme is a topic that runs through a piece of writing. For example: relationships, negative emotions, love, nature, identity.2 Close analysis of detail to support interpretations. Choose a word/phrase/feature and explore in depth write a lot about a little
Narrative, layout, stanza, first/last line, inset words, words sticking out, (ir)regular lines, line lengths, punctuation, refrain, fixed form
Hitting the Criteria (Band 5/6)Hints atSuggestsPossiblyMaybe
Tentative LanguageTo tease out the meaning
iGCSE Unseen Poetry Desk