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Reading Poetry: 'Summer Images'

In this worksheet, students read an extract from the poem 'Summer Images' by John Clare and analyse how he uses language to explore the key themes of the text.

'Reading Poetry: 'Summer Images'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Meaning

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Writers choose words to create a particular atmosphere.

Read this extract from Summer Images by John Clare and answer the questions in the worksheet:

 

 

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Me not the noise of brawling pleasure cheers,

In nightly revels or in city streets;

But joys which soothe, and not distract the ears,

That one at leisure meets

In the green woods, and meadows summer-shorn,

Or fields, where bee-fly greets

The ear with mellow horn.

 

 

The green-swathed grasshopper, on treble pipe,

Sings there, and dances, in mad-hearted pranks;

There bees go courting every flower that's ripe,

On baulks and sunny banks;

And droning dragon-fly, on rude bassoon,

Attempts to give God thanks In no discordant tune.

 

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Which of the five senses is the poet talking about?

seeing

hearing

smelling

touching

tasting

Which of the lines below are about what the narrator can HEAR:

There bees go courting every flower that's ripe, On baulks and sunny banks

But joys which soothe, and not distract the ears,The ear with mellow horn.

The author describes the hustle and bustle of the city as: "brawling pleasure" and "nightly revels". Is this a positive or a negative way of talking about a busy place?

positive

negative

What kind of sound effects does the poet create throughout the poem?

absolute silence

a disagreeable noise

pleasant, natural sounds

The writer uses literary techniques in the poem. What technique is he using here? Write the entire missing word in the answer box below.

 

"The bees go courting every flower that's ripe" This is a m____________.

Use the table below to state which words describing the countryside are true of the way John Clare describes it in the poem, and which aren't.

 True in this poemNot true in this poem
boring
uneventful
peaceful
dead
lively
sombre
busy

Which literary technique does the writer use here?

 

"Droning dragon-fly"

simile

sibilance

alliteration

Match up the old-fashioned words from the poem with a modern equivalent.

Column A

Column B

brawling
peaceful
soothe
fighting
revels
cut
shorn
parties
mellow
calm down
  • Question 1

Which of the five senses is the poet talking about?

CORRECT ANSWER
hearing
  • Question 2

Which of the lines below are about what the narrator can HEAR:

CORRECT ANSWER
But joys which soothe, and not distract the ears,The ear with mellow horn.
  • Question 3

The author describes the hustle and bustle of the city as: "brawling pleasure" and "nightly revels". Is this a positive or a negative way of talking about a busy place?

CORRECT ANSWER
negative
  • Question 4

What kind of sound effects does the poet create throughout the poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
pleasant, natural sounds
  • Question 5

The writer uses literary techniques in the poem. What technique is he using here? Write the entire missing word in the answer box below.

 

"The bees go courting every flower that's ripe" This is a m____________.

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
  • Question 6

Use the table below to state which words describing the countryside are true of the way John Clare describes it in the poem, and which aren't.

CORRECT ANSWER
 True in this poemNot true in this poem
boring
uneventful
peaceful
dead
lively
sombre
busy
  • Question 7

Which literary technique does the writer use here?

 

"Droning dragon-fly"

CORRECT ANSWER
alliteration
  • Question 8

Match up the old-fashioned words from the poem with a modern equivalent.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

brawling
fighting
soothe
calm down
revels
parties
shorn
cut
mellow
peaceful
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