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Exploring Poetry 3: 'The Sensitive Plant'

In this series of worksheets, students can explore different aspects of poetry.

'Exploring Poetry 3: 'The Sensitive Plant'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Poetic Convention Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will introduce you to some of the techniques used in poetry.

Read the following extract from a much longer poem called 'The Sensitive Plant' by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) and then answer the questions that follow.

 

 

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The Sensitive Plant

 

For Winter came: the wind was his whip:

One choppy finger was on his lip:

He had torn the cataracts from the hills

And they clanked at his girdle like manacles;

 

His breath was a chain which without a sound

The earth, and the air, and the water bound;

He came, fiercely driven, in his chariot-throne

By the tenfold blasts of the Arctic zone.

 

Then the weeds which were forms of living death

Fled from the frost to the earth beneath. 

Their decay and sudden flight from frost

Was but like the vanishing of a ghost!

 

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What season is the poem describing?

spring

summer

autumn

winter

What is winter being described as in the poem?

a machine

an animal

a person

What is the technique called when a poet writes about something as if it's a person?

alliteration

personification

simile

What kind of person is winter in the poem?

strong

weak

Which words and phrases from the poem suggest winter's strength and power? Select four correct answers below.

"the wind was his whip"

"one choppy finger was on his lips"

"he came fiercely driven in his chariot-throne"

"he had torn the cataracts from the hills"

"his breath was a chain"

What type of person is winter compared with?

a dancer

a warrior or soldier

a magician

If you were to draw a picture of how you imagine winter to look from this poem, what items would you need to include? Tick from the choices below.

To help you understand the poem better you may wish to draw winter and label it with quotations.

He has a whip.

He has an old gnarled finger.

He is wearing a girdle or belt with waterfalls attached.

He is driving a chariot.

He is riding a horse.

How would you describe the rhyme scheme of this poem?

It doesn't rhyme.

Every other line rhymes (ABABABAB).

Each pair of lines rhyme (AABB).

What is it called when each pair of lines rhyme?

rhyming couplets

rhyming double

rhyming pairs

Now it's your turn. Try to match the season with a personification.

Think carefully what the chosen season is like and then think about what type of person shares similar traits. For example, summer is a warm, enjoyable and relaxed season so you could think of a type of person who is also warm and relaxed.

 

Column A

Column B

spring
a toddler growing and changing every day
summer
an aging chef with an overflowing larder of food
autumn
a mean old miser who never opens their heart to an...
winter
a beautiful queen surrounded by riches and wearing...
  • Question 1

What season is the poem describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
winter
EDDIE SAYS
The poem is describing winter.
  • Question 2

What is winter being described as in the poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
a person
EDDIE SAYS
In the poem, the poet describes winter as a person.
  • Question 3

What is the technique called when a poet writes about something as if it's a person?

CORRECT ANSWER
personification
EDDIE SAYS
It is called personification when a poet compares something to a person.
  • Question 4

What kind of person is winter in the poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
strong
EDDIE SAYS
Winter is described as a strong person.
  • Question 5

Which words and phrases from the poem suggest winter's strength and power? Select four correct answers below.

CORRECT ANSWER
"the wind was his whip"
"he came fiercely driven in his chariot-throne"
"he had torn the cataracts from the hills"
"his breath was a chain"
EDDIE SAYS
The only line that doesn't explain the power of winter is "one choppy finger was on his lip".
  • Question 6

What type of person is winter compared with?

CORRECT ANSWER
a warrior or soldier
EDDIE SAYS
Winter is described as a warrior or soldier.
  • Question 7

If you were to draw a picture of how you imagine winter to look from this poem, what items would you need to include? Tick from the choices below.

To help you understand the poem better you may wish to draw winter and label it with quotations.

CORRECT ANSWER
He has a whip.
He has an old gnarled finger.
He is driving a chariot.
  • Question 8

How would you describe the rhyme scheme of this poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
Each pair of lines rhyme (AABB).
EDDIE SAYS
Each pair of lines rhyme (AABB).
  • Question 9

What is it called when each pair of lines rhyme?

CORRECT ANSWER
rhyming couplets
EDDIE SAYS
It is called rhyming couplets.
  • Question 10

Now it's your turn. Try to match the season with a personification.

Think carefully what the chosen season is like and then think about what type of person shares similar traits. For example, summer is a warm, enjoyable and relaxed season so you could think of a type of person who is also warm and relaxed.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

spring
a toddler growing and changing ev...
summer
a beautiful queen surrounded by r...
autumn
an aging chef with an overflowing...
winter
a mean old miser who never opens ...
EDDIE SAYS
spring = a toddler growing and changing every day
summer = a beautiful queen surrounded by riches and wearing colourful clothes who gets waited on
autumn = an aging chef with an overflowing larder of food
winter = a mean old miser who never opens their heart to anybody
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