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Compare Poems on a Similar Theme: 'The Months of the Year' and 'Months'

In this worksheet, students read two poems about the months of the year and answer questions on their content and structure.

'Compare Poems on a Similar Theme: 'The Months of the Year' and 'Months'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Recognise Forms of Poetry

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, you can read two poems about the months of the year and compare them. The first is by Sara Coleridge, who was born in 1802 and died in 1852.

 

 

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The months of the year

  

January brings the snow,

Makes our feet and fingers glow.

 

February brings the rain,

Thaws the frozen pond again.

 

March brings breezes, loud and shrill,

Stirs the dancing daffodil.

 

April brings the primrose sweet,

Scatters daisies at our feet.

 

May brings flocks of pretty lambs,

Skipping by their fleecy dams.

 

June brings tulips, lilies, roses,

Fills the children's hands with posies.

 

Hot July brings cooling showers,

Strawberries and gilly-flowers.

 

August brings the sheaves of corn,

Then the harvest home is borne.

 

Warm September brings the fruit,

Sportsmen then begin to shoot.

 

Fresh October brings the pheasant;

Then to gather nuts is pleasant.

 

Dull November brings the blast,

Then the leaves are falling fast.

 

Chill December brings the sleet,

Blazing fire and Christmas treat.

 

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The second poem is by Christina Rossetti, who was born in 1830 and died in 1894.

 

 

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Months

 

January cold desolate;

February all dripping wet;

March wind ranges;

April changes;

Birds sing in tune

To flowers of May,

And sunny June

Brings longest day;

In scorched July

The storm-clouds fly

Lightning torn;

August bears corn,

September fruit;

In rough October

Earth must disrobe her;

Stars fall and shoot

In keen November;

And night is long

And cold is strong

In bleak December.

 

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Read both poems a few times so that you are familiar with them, but remember that you can look back at them as often as you like by clicking the Help button.

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