Poetry - Reading and Understanding [DUPLICATE]
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  • Introduction
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Read the following poem aloud, trying to picture the kite as it flies. You could read faster and louder when the words suggest the kite is going up then slower and quieter when it is falling.

 

The Kite - by Harry Behn

How bright on the blue

Is a kite when it's new!


With a dive and a dip

It snaps its tail.

Then soars like a ship

With only a sail


As over tides

Of wind it rides,


Climbs to the crest

Of a gust and pulls,

Then seems to rest

As wind falls.


When string goes slack ?

You wind it back


And run until

A new breeze blows,

And its wings fill

And up it goes!


How bright on the blue

Is a kite when it's new!


But a raggeder thing

You never will see,

When it flaps on a string

In the top of a tree.

  • Question 1
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Explain the first line of the poem in your own words.

  • Question 2
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Find and copy two lines which describe how the kite goes up.

  • Question 3
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Find and copy two lines which describe how the kite falls to the ground.

  • Question 4
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When you read the poem aloud, you will hear changes in the rhythm. Why do you think it is written like that?

  • Question 5
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In the last two lines, what has happened to the kite?

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Which word in the last two lines is a made-up word and what do you think it might mean?

  • Question 7
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Imagine a kite in the air and write a list of verbs (doing words) ending in -ing, describing the way it could move.  Here are two to start you off:

tumbling

drifting

  • Question 8
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Think about wind and write a few words to describe it. here a couple to start you off:

Gusty

Cold

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