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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

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Inference and Evidence

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

First, read the following poem by William Yeats.

 

 

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The Song Of The Old Mother

 

 

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

 

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