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Identify Text Meaning: Poetry 2

In this worksheet, students will read two poems and consider their use of vocabulary.

'Identify Text Meaning: Poetry 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Discuss Words and Phrases

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Here are two lovely poems, both written by famous poets.                 

 

 

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I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

 

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

 

by William Wordsworth

 

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Clouds

 

The clouds were gray all day.

At last they departed

And the blue diamonds shone again.

I watched the clouds float past and flow back

Like waves across the sea,

Waves that are foamy and soft,

When they hear clouds calling

Mother Sea, send up up your song 

of hushaby!

 

by Hilda Conkling

 

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Both poems use figurative language which means words that describe something by comparing it to something else. Figurative language makes our senses react to words in the poem, as the words used make us feel as if we can hear, see, smell, touch or taste those things mentioned in the poem. 

 

Remember that you can see the poems again by clicking on HELP.

Both poems appear to be about clouds. Are they?

No, both poems are not about clouds.

Yes, both poems are about clouds.

What is 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud' really about?

It is about someone who is enjoying being outside.

It is about a cloud wandering across the sky.

The next questions are about 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud'.

Why does the person in this poem say they are like a cloud?

The person has white hair like a cloud.

The person is moving freely around like a cloud in the wind.

How is the movement of the daffodils described in this poem?

They are dancing in the breeze.

They are being blown around by the wind.

The daffodils are being described as if they are people or animals. This is called personification.

Tick all the examples of personification.

"beside the lake"

"a crowd"

"tossing their heads"

"beneath the trees"

The next questions are about 'Clouds'.

What does the poet compare the clouds to?

the twinkling stars

the waves across the sea

Which line shows that the movement of the clouds is like the movement of the waves?

 

 

"waves that are foamy and soft"

"clouds float past and float back"

How does the poet describe the sky in the poem?

 

The sky is foamy and soft.

The sky is like blue diamonds shining.

How are the clouds personified in this poem?

The poem says that the clouds are calling to the waves.

The poem says that the clouds are falling asleep.

How are both of these poems similar?

Tick four reasons that apply.

They both use personification.

They are both about clouds and the weather.

They are both about people going for a walk.

They both use adjectives.

They both describe movement.

They both wake up our senses as we read.

  • Question 1

Both poems appear to be about clouds. Are they?

CORRECT ANSWER
No, both poems are not about clouds.
EDDIE SAYS
Both poems mention clouds and the weather but only 'Clouds' by Hilda Conkling is actually about clouds.
  • Question 2

What is 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud' really about?

CORRECT ANSWER
It is about someone who is enjoying being outside.
EDDIE SAYS
'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud' is really about a person. This person is walking around outside and looking at all the beautiful things around them.
  • Question 3

The next questions are about 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud'.

Why does the person in this poem say they are like a cloud?

CORRECT ANSWER
The person is moving freely around like a cloud in the wind.
EDDIE SAYS
The poet describes the person in the poem like a cloud to suggest that the person is moving here and there like a cloud with no purpose or control. This helps the reader imagine how the person is feeling - happy and free.
  • Question 4

How is the movement of the daffodils described in this poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
They are dancing in the breeze.
EDDIE SAYS
The daffodils are 'dancing in the breeze'. This description makes the reader feel happy and lighthearted. We can see the 'golden daffodils' and see how they are moving.
  • Question 5

The daffodils are being described as if they are people or animals. This is called personification.

Tick all the examples of personification.

CORRECT ANSWER
"a crowd"
"tossing their heads"
EDDIE SAYS
The daffodils are described as being in "a crowd" and "tossing their heads". Both of these descriptions are used to make the daffodils sound like people or animals.
  • Question 6

The next questions are about 'Clouds'.

What does the poet compare the clouds to?

CORRECT ANSWER
the waves across the sea
EDDIE SAYS
In this poem the clouds are described as waves.
  • Question 7

Which line shows that the movement of the clouds is like the movement of the waves?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"clouds float past and float back"
EDDIE SAYS
The poet has written that the "clouds float past and float back". This is just like the movement of the sea as the waves flow in and out from the shore.
  • Question 8

How does the poet describe the sky in the poem?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The sky is like blue diamonds shining.
EDDIE SAYS
The poem describes the sky as blue diamonds shining once the clouds have parted. The diamond shape is describing the shapes the blue sky makes through the dark clouds.
  • Question 9

How are the clouds personified in this poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
The poem says that the clouds are calling to the waves.
EDDIE SAYS
The poem described the clouds as calling to the waves. Clouds can't really do this, only people and animals can.
  • Question 10

How are both of these poems similar?

Tick four reasons that apply.

CORRECT ANSWER
They both use personification.
They both use adjectives.
They both describe movement.
They both wake up our senses as we read.
EDDIE SAYS
Both poems appeal to our senses by using descriptions that make us feel the movements and see the colours of the flowers and the clouds and sky. By using personification both poets make the objects come alive to us as we read.
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