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Read Poetry to Analyse Meaning: 'The Way Through the Woods'

In this worksheet, students read the poem 'The Way Through the Woods' by Rudyard Kipling. Then they use their analytical skills to deduce hidden meaning and allusion in the text.

'Read Poetry to Analyse Meaning: 'The Way Through the Woods'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Inference and Evidence

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read this poem.

 

 

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The Way Through the Woods
by Rudyard Kipling

 

 

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.

Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse's feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods ...
But there is no road through the woods.

 

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Now, we will go through some questions based on the poem. If you need to look at the poem again, click on the Help button as you go through the worksheet.

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