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Compare Content in 'Singh Song!' and other poems

In this worksheet, students will begin to compare the poem 'Singh Song!' (part of the Love and Relationships cluster in the GCSE anthology) to other poems.

'Compare Content in 'Singh Song!' and other poems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Love and Relationships: 'Singh Song!'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Want to revise your comparative skills between 'Singh Song!' and other poems in the Love and Relationships cluster?

 

Thought bubble

 

In this activity, we will compare the content of 'Singh Song!' with other poems. (Soon we will show you some options to choose from.)

 

Before we begin, here are some key content elements you could talk about and compare with other poems:

 

Metaphors/ Similes, Humour, Culture, Dialect, Unconventionality, Responsibilities/Duties, Peace, Romantic love

 

You may definitely consider any other theme you think Daljit Nagra uses in his poem 'Singh Song!', as long as you have the evidence to show that it is a recurring topic in the poem!

 

 

Spiral notebook with pencil

 

Remember to take your time. There's no rush! Make sure to jot down any explanations you find helpful!

 

From the cluster of poems in the anthology, what one poem would you compare with 'Singh Song!'?

 

 

Couple holding hands

 

Think about the theme of unity. Which one of the poems uses that theme?

 

'Mother, Any Distance'

'Before You Were Mine'

'Sonnet 29'

'Follower'

Which one poem from the cluster would you compare with 'Singh Song!' when considering the theme of sexuality?

 

'When We Two Parted'

'Love's Philosophy'

'Porphyria's Lover'

'Neutral Tones'

What two poems, from the cluster, would you compare with 'Singh Song!' when considering the theme of unconventionality?​

 

There are two right answers.

'Winter Swans'

'Before You Were Mine'

'Eden Rock'

'Porphyria's Lover'

'Climbing My Grandfather'

'Love's Philosophy'

What two poems from the cluster do you think are most like 'Singh Song!' when considering the theme of love?​

 

Couple holding hands - backs to camera

 

There are two right answers.

'Porphyria's Lover'

'Sonnet 29'

'Neutral Tones'

'When We Two Parted'

'Love's Philosophy'

'Walking Away'

What two poems from the cluster would you compare with 'Singh Song!' when considering the theme of sexuality​?

 

There are two right answers.

'Walking Away'

'The Farmer's Bride'

'Neutral Tones'

'Porphyria's Lover'

'Sonnet 29'

'Love's Philosophy'

In the table, which ideas in each poem match up best with 'Singh Song!'?

 

HINT: some of these ideas match with more than one poem in the table.

 'Sonnet 29''Porphyria's Lover''The Farmer's Bride'
Metaphors
Possessiveness
Motif of marriage
Dramatic monologue

In the table below, which ideas in each poem match up best with 'Singh Song!'

 

HINT: some of these ideas match with more than one poem in the table.

 Love between a couplePeaceUnityUnconventionalitySexual desire
'Porphyria's Lover'
'Winter Swans'
'Before You Were Mine'

Like 'Singh Song!', two other poems in the cluster show us relationships that involve peace, love and connection.

 

In the table, choose those two poems.

 

Heart-shaped box of sweets

 Love between a couplePeaceUnityUnconventionalitySexual desire
'Porphyria's Lover'
'Winter Swans'
'Before You Were Mine'

Pick the two options from below that you think best showcase how 'Love's Philosophy' and 'Singh Song!' could be compared.

 

Magnifying glass

 

 

From the first set of options, pick the answer which you think best shows similarity between the two poems.

 

From the second set of options, pick the answer which you think best shows difference between the two poems.

 Love between a couplePeaceUnityUnconventionalitySexual desire
'Porphyria's Lover'
'Winter Swans'
'Before You Were Mine'

Finally, we've come to the last question! 

 

Tick the four poems that you think are the easiest to compare with 'Singh Song!'.

 

Hint: think about whether these poems show ideas similar to those in Nagra's poem. Consider possessiveness, marriage and sex.

 

'When We Two Parted'

'Sonnet 29'

'Porphyria's Lover'

'Walking Away'

'Love's Philosophy '

'Eden Rock'

'Neutral Tones'

'The Farmer's Bride'

  • Question 1

From the cluster of poems in the anthology, what one poem would you compare with 'Singh Song!'?

 

 

Couple holding hands

 

Think about the theme of unity. Which one of the poems uses that theme?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
'Sonnet 29'
EDDIE SAYS
If we are considering the theme of distance, 'Sonnet 29' is the best to compare to, out of the options given. What is different and similar in the poems and how do the poets use language, structure and form to present this theme in both poems?
  • Question 2

Which one poem from the cluster would you compare with 'Singh Song!' when considering the theme of sexuality?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
'Love's Philosophy'
EDDIE SAYS
'Love's Philosophy' is a good one to compare with 'Singh Song!', as they both look at sex and sexuality as something positive, with enthusiasm and humour. How are the two poems different, though? What about the form? The way the two poems differentiate in stanza length? What effect does this have on the overall content of the two poems?
  • Question 3

What two poems, from the cluster, would you compare with 'Singh Song!' when considering the theme of unconventionality?​

 

There are two right answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
'Before You Were Mine'
'Porphyria's Lover'
EDDIE SAYS
Out of all the poems, 'Before You Were Mine' and 'Porphyria's Lover' portray female unconventionality. Think about the way the mother in 'Before You Were Mine' is presented in her rebellious youth. Now consider how Porphyria is presented as an unconventional woman of her time. Is there a theme of possessiveness that runs through these three poems? Do you think possessiveness and unconventionality run hand in hand?
  • Question 4

What two poems from the cluster do you think are most like 'Singh Song!' when considering the theme of love?​

 

Couple holding hands - backs to camera

 

There are two right answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
'Sonnet 29'
'Love's Philosophy'
EDDIE SAYS
Out of the poem selection, love is presented the most similarly in 'Sonnet 29' and 'Love's Philosophy. All three poems are dramatic monologues that stress the importance of romantic love. All three poems view love as something quite happy and positive.
  • Question 5

What two poems from the cluster would you compare with 'Singh Song!' when considering the theme of sexuality​?

 

There are two right answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
'Sonnet 29'
'Love's Philosophy'
EDDIE SAYS
Again, the same three poems really do match in tone! Sexual love is quite implicit/explicit in all three poems! Think about the way that 'Sonnet 29' and 'Love's Philosophy' use nature to symbolise sexuality and sexual love. Does Singh Song! do something a little different in its presentation of sexual love? How does the theme of sexuality develop in all three poems?
  • Question 6

In the table, which ideas in each poem match up best with 'Singh Song!'?

 

HINT: some of these ideas match with more than one poem in the table.

CORRECT ANSWER
 'Sonnet 29''Porphyria's Lover''The Farmer's Bride'
Metaphors
Possessiveness
Motif of marriage
Dramatic monologue
EDDIE SAYS
Filling out tables like these will help you categorise which themes are shared amongst the poems within the cluster. Think about why and how these ideas/themes match up, and what evidence you could pick to support these facts. Think about how these themes/ideas are represented. How are they presented? How do they differ? What tones, language forms and devices are used?
  • Question 7

In the table below, which ideas in each poem match up best with 'Singh Song!'

 

HINT: some of these ideas match with more than one poem in the table.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Love between a couplePeaceUnityUnconventionalitySexual desire
'Porphyria's Lover'
'Winter Swans'
'Before You Were Mine'
EDDIE SAYS
Filling out tables like these will enable you to categorise the themes that are shared by the poems in the cluster. Think about why and how these ideas/themes match up and what evidence you could pick to support the fact that the poems share these same themes/ideas. Think about how these themes/ideas are represented. How are they presented? How do they differ? What tone/language/devices are used?
  • Question 8

Like 'Singh Song!', two other poems in the cluster show us relationships that involve peace, love and connection.

 

In the table, choose those two poems.

 

Heart-shaped box of sweets

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
'Singh Song!', 'Winter Swans' and 'Letters From Yorkshire' all illustrate peace, love and connectivity between couples. How is this expressed? Jot down any language features that express peace, love or connection in each poem.
  • Question 9

Pick the two options from below that you think best showcase how 'Love's Philosophy' and 'Singh Song!' could be compared.

 

Magnifying glass

 

 

From the first set of options, pick the answer which you think best shows similarity between the two poems.

 

From the second set of options, pick the answer which you think best shows difference between the two poems.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Evaluating how the poet presents ideas is a crucial part of comparing poetry! Practice your skills of deducing how certain attitudes are presented similarly and differently and you'll soar in the comparison part of the exam! Let's look at how the poems are similar: both are about sexual love, both speakers have a lot of love for their subject, which they express in different ways. In 'Love's Philosophy', love is presented as more natural, almost abstract in the way it's compared to nature. 'Singh Song!' is rooted in reality and responsibility: the speaker is trying to juggle his love for his new bride alongside practical issues such as duties, cultural stereotypes and business.
  • Question 10

Finally, we've come to the last question! 

 

Tick the four poems that you think are the easiest to compare with 'Singh Song!'.

 

Hint: think about whether these poems show ideas similar to those in Nagra's poem. Consider possessiveness, marriage and sex.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
'Sonnet 29'
'Porphyria's Lover'
'Love's Philosophy '
'The Farmer's Bride'
EDDIE SAYS
With its wide range of themes, 'Singh Song!' can be compared best with the poems that express romantic love, sex and possessiveness. With these in mind, 'Sonnet 29' and 'Love's Philosophy' seem to match up well with 'Singh Song!' in that they express love quite positively and sexually. Thinking about how 'Singh Song!' and Porphyria's Lover' may compare is a little more complicated: look at the repetition of the possessiveness of "my bride" and compare that to the repetition of "mine" in Porphyria. How might possessiveness be compared in the two poems? Well, possessiveness in Singh Song! is definitely happy and positive, whereas in 'Porphyria's Lover' it is creepy. Likewise, look at 'The Farmer's Bride' and how it expresses love, marriage and possessiveness. The relationship is the same, but how are the two brides presented? So compare poems with similar ideas/content, and then go into detail about HOW and WHY these poems share these ideas/content. What is each poet trying to say? THEN go on to note how these attitudes might differ. In what way do they differ? What effect is each poet going for? Get the basics down, keep it simple, and you'll be inspired to go into detail naturally and organically from there!
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