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Exploring Poetry 5: 'Meeting at Night'

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

'Exploring Poetry 5: 'Meeting at Night'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Poetic Convention Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet you are going to look at how poets use sounds.

The work is going to be based around a poem by Robert Browning (1812–1899):

 

 

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Meeting at Night

 

 

I.

The grey sea and the long black land;

And the yellow half-moon large and low;

And the startled little waves that leap

In fiery ringlets from their sleep,

As I gain the cove with pushing prow,

And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.

 

II.

Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;

Three fields to cross till a farm appears;

A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch

And blue spurt of a lighted match,

And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,

Than the two hearts beating each to each!

 

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In the poem the speaker is on a journey to secretly meet someone. What mode of transport do they use first?

boat

bicycle

horse and cart

What does the speaker walk a mile along?

road

field

beach

How many fields does the speaker cross?

one

two

three

Where does the speaker finally get to?

a house

a farm

a hotel

In stanza two the speaker arrives for the meeting:

 

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A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch

And blue spurt of a lighted match,

And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,

Than the two hearts beating each to each!

 

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The poet describes all the sounds that then occur. Match the sound below with what it is describing.

Column A

Column B

'a tap'
the match lighting
'quick sharp scratch'
on the window
'blue spurt'
a match striking the box

The poet helps the reader to imagine these sounds by making the word sound like the sound it is describing. For example "tap", "scratch" and "spurt". 

What is it called when words sound the same as the sound they are describing?

alliteration

onomatopoeia

simile

Select the three words below that are also examples of onomatopoeia.

crackle

swoosh

loud

quiet

bang

Match the onompatopoeiac words with the line of poetry they could fit into in a firework poem. 

 

Column A

Column B

The powerful bonfire...
whizzed.
Into the ink black sky the rockets...
boom and a crash.
In a circle of fire the Catherine wheels...
crackled and snapped.
Loudly the bangers exploded with a...
whooshed.
  • Question 1

In the poem the speaker is on a journey to secretly meet someone. What mode of transport do they use first?

CORRECT ANSWER
boat
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker arrives by boat.
  • Question 2

What does the speaker walk a mile along?

CORRECT ANSWER
beach
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker walks a mile along a beach.
  • Question 3

How many fields does the speaker cross?

CORRECT ANSWER
three
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker crosses three fields.
  • Question 4

Where does the speaker finally get to?

CORRECT ANSWER
a farm
EDDIE SAYS
The speaker arrives at a farm.
  • Question 5

In stanza two the speaker arrives for the meeting:

 

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A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch

And blue spurt of a lighted match,

And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,

Than the two hearts beating each to each!

 

*******************

 

 

The poet describes all the sounds that then occur. Match the sound below with what it is describing.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

'a tap'
on the window
'quick sharp scratch'
a match striking the box
'blue spurt'
the match lighting
EDDIE SAYS
'a tap' = on the window
'quick sharp scratch' = a match striking the box
'blue spurt' = the match lighting
  • Question 6

The poet helps the reader to imagine these sounds by making the word sound like the sound it is describing. For example "tap", "scratch" and "spurt". 

What is it called when words sound the same as the sound they are describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
onomatopoeia
EDDIE SAYS
It is called onomatopoeia when words sound the same as the sound they are describing.
  • Question 7

Select the three words below that are also examples of onomatopoeia.

CORRECT ANSWER
crackle
swoosh
bang
EDDIE SAYS
The examples of onomatopoeia are: crackle, swoosh and bang.
  • Question 8

Match the onompatopoeiac words with the line of poetry they could fit into in a firework poem. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

The powerful bonfire...
crackled and snapped.
Into the ink black sky the rocket...
whooshed.
In a circle of fire the Catherine...
whizzed.
Loudly the bangers exploded with ...
boom and a crash.
EDDIE SAYS
The powerful bonfire crackled and snapped.
Into the ink black sky the rockets whooshed.
In a circle of fire the Catherine wheels whizzed.
Loudly the bangers exploded with a boom and a crash.
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