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Exploring Poetry 4: 'Evening: Ponte Al Mare, Pisa'

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

'Exploring Poetry 4: 'Evening: Ponte Al Mare, Pisa'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Poetic Convention Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will allow you to explore a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822). It is the first two stanzas of a much longer poem that describes an evening.

Read the poem then answer the questions.

 

 

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Evening: Ponte Al Mare, Pisa

I.

The sun is set; the swallows are asleep;

The bats are flitting fast in the gray air;

The slow soft toads out of damp corners creep,

And evening’s breath, wandering here and there

Over the quivering surface of the stream, 

Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream.

 

II.

There is no dew on the dry grass to-night,

Nor damp within the shadow of the trees;

The wind is intermitting, dry, and light;

And in the inconstant motion of the breeze

The dust and straws are driven up and down,

And whirled about the pavement of the town.

 

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What season do you think the poem is describing?

summer

winter

Which animals does the poem describe in stanza one?

bats

foxes

frogs

toads

How are the bats moving?

 

fast

slow

The bats are described as "flitting fast". The 'f' sound is repeated at the start of each word to draw attention to how the bats move.

What is this technique called?

simile

metaphor

alliteration

How do the toads move?

 

 

fast

slow

What sounds are repeated to emphasise the way the toads move?

'c' and 'd'

'd' and 's'

's' and 'c'

Which words describing the movement of the toads does the alliteration emphasise?

slow

out

damp

creep

In stanza one the poet describes the stream as still and asleep:

 

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And evening’s breath, wandering here and there

Over the quivering surface of the stream, 

Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream.

 

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What technique is being used here to describe the stream as asleep and dreaming?

 

simile

metaphor

alliteration

In stanza two the poet describes the wind.

Which six words tell the reader about the wind and its movement?

intermitting

dry

light

inconstant

breeze

dust

straws

whirled

Now look at some other images to describe summer. Match the alliterative phrase with the item it is describing.

 

Column A

Column B

ice lollies are
scorched and sizzled
the sultry heat
languidly licked
flies flitted
fast and furious
  • Question 1

What season do you think the poem is describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
summer
EDDIE SAYS
The poem describes a summer evening.
  • Question 2

Which animals does the poem describe in stanza one?

CORRECT ANSWER
bats
toads
EDDIE SAYS
The poem describes the movement of bats and toads.
  • Question 3

How are the bats moving?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
fast
EDDIE SAYS
The bats are moving fast.
  • Question 4

The bats are described as "flitting fast". The 'f' sound is repeated at the start of each word to draw attention to how the bats move.

What is this technique called?

CORRECT ANSWER
alliteration
EDDIE SAYS
The technique where the same sound is repeated at the start of words is alliteration.
  • Question 5

How do the toads move?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
slow
EDDIE SAYS
The toads are described as moving slowly.
  • Question 6

What sounds are repeated to emphasise the way the toads move?

CORRECT ANSWER
's' and 'c'
EDDIE SAYS
The 's' and 'c' sounds are repeated.
  • Question 7

Which words describing the movement of the toads does the alliteration emphasise?

CORRECT ANSWER
slow
creep
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'slow' and 'creep' are emphasised by the alliteration.
  • Question 8

In stanza one the poet describes the stream as still and asleep:

 

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And evening’s breath, wandering here and there

Over the quivering surface of the stream, 

Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream.

 

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What technique is being used here to describe the stream as asleep and dreaming?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
EDDIE SAYS
It is a metaphor.
  • Question 9

In stanza two the poet describes the wind.

Which six words tell the reader about the wind and its movement?

CORRECT ANSWER
intermitting
dry
light
inconstant
breeze
whirled
EDDIE SAYS
The six words that describe the wind are:
intermitting, dry, light, inconstant, breeze and whirled.
  • Question 10

Now look at some other images to describe summer. Match the alliterative phrase with the item it is describing.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

ice lollies are
languidly licked
the sultry heat
scorched and sizzled
flies flitted
fast and furious
EDDIE SAYS
Ice lollies are languidly licked.
The sultry heat scorched and sizzled.
Flies flitted fast and furious.
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