Loading please wait

The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

Read Poetry to Analyse Meaning: 'The Song of the Old Mother'

In this worksheet, students read the poem 'The Song of the Old Mother' by William Yeats. Then they use their analytical skills to show how the author has shaped meaning.

'Read Poetry to Analyse Meaning: 'The Song of the Old Mother'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Inference and Evidence

Popular topics:   Year 9 Reading Comprehension worksheets, Reading Comprehension worksheets, Reading worksheets

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

First of all, let's read the following poem by William Yeats.




The Song Of The Old Mother


old lady knitting


I rise in the dawn, and I kneel and blow
Till the seed of the fire flicker and glow;
And then I must scrub and bake and sweep
Till stars are beginning to blink and peep;
And the young lie long and dream in their bed
Of the matching of ribbons for bosom and head,
And their day goes over in idleness,
And they sigh if the wind but lift a tress:
While I must work because I am old,
And the seed of the fire gets feeble and cold.


– William Butler Yeats



Now. let's take a look at the questions.


If you want to look back at this poem at any point during the activity, just click on the red help button on the side of the screen.


Want a bit more help with this before you begin? Why not watch this short video?

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started

Try an activity or get started for free