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Reading Poetry: 'The Haunted Palace'

In this worksheet, students will answer some questions based on Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Haunted Palace'. Then they will briefly compare the poem to the opening of his short story 'The Tell-Tale Heart'.

'Reading Poetry: 'The Haunted Palace'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Before starting this worksheet it is vital that you have already completed Reading Poetry: 'The Tell-Tale Heart'.


 
In this worksheet you will analyse Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Haunted Palace' and then compare it to the opening of his short story The Tell-Tale Heart. Read the following poem and then answer the questions that follow.

 

 

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The Haunted Palace

 

In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

Once a fair and stately palace—

Radiant palace—reared its head.

In the monarch Thought’s dominion,

It stood there!

Never seraph spread a pinion

Over fabric half so fair!

 

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow

(This—all this—was in the olden

Time long ago)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,

A wingèd odor went away.

 

Wanderers in that happy valley,

Through two luminous windows, saw

Spirits moving musically

To a lute’s well-tunèd law,

Round about a throne where, sitting,

Porphyrogene!

In state his glory well befitting,

The ruler of the realm was seen.

 

And all with pearl and ruby glowing

Was the fair palace door,

Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing

And sparkling evermore,

A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty

Was but to sing,

In voices of surpassing beauty,

The wit and wisdom of their king.

 

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,

Assailed the monarch’s high estate;

(Ah, let us mourn!—for never morrow

Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)

And round about his home the glory

That blushed and bloomed

Is but a dim-remembered story

Of the old time entombed.

 

And travellers, now, within that valley,

Through the red-litten windows see

Vast forms that move fantastically

To a discordant melody;

While, like a ghastly rapid river,

Through the pale door

A hideous throng rush out forever,

And laugh—but smile no more. 

 

Haunted house

 

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Next, we will answer some questions on the poem. You can refer back to the poem at any time by pressing the 'Help' button.

Read the first stanza again. It describes a palace long ago which was seen by the King to be perfect.

 

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In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

Once a fair and stately palace—

Radiant palace—reared its head.

In the monarch Thought’s dominion,

It stood there!

Never seraph spread a pinion

Over fabric half so fair!

 

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Castle

 

 

Which words suggest that the castle was perfect? Select four answers from the list below.

greenest

valleys

fair

stately

palace

once

radiant

pinion

Read the second stanza again. The writer uses alliteration to emphasise certain phrases.

 

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Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow

(This—all this—was in the olden

Time long ago)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,

A wingèd odor went away.

 

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Select the lines that contain alliteration.

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow

(This-all this-was in the olden

Time long ago)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,

A winged odour went away.

In the third and fourth stanzas, the palace is compared to a human head. This suggests that the castle actually represents the king and what happens inside the castle are his thoughts. 

 

King

 

Match the following quotations with the things that they represent. Hover your mouse over the quotations to see them in full.

Column A

Column B

'Through two luminous windows'
thoughts
'Spirits moving musically'
speech
'And all with pearl and ruby glowing, Was the fair...
mouth
'Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing, An...
eyes

In the fifth stanza, the tone of the poem changes and the castle is no longer so perfect. Which words or phrases show this?

 

Choose four correct answers from the list below.

evil things

monarch's high estate

robes of sorrow

let us mourn!

blushed and blomed

dim remembered story

dawn upon him desolate

What does this change in tone suggest about the mind and thoughts of the king?

That he is confused

That he is content

That he is haunted by disturbed thoughts

Which words in the final stanza show this?

 

Choose three answers.

vast

discordant

melody

ghastly

hideous

Now you are going to compare this poem with Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Tell-Tale Heart.

 

What theme do both texts have in common?

Murder

Royalty

Troubled minds

What style are both texts written in?

Romance

Gothic horror

Comedy

What themes are explored in the poem 'The Haunted Palace'?

Choose 2 correct answers.

evil

death

love

madness

What are the reasons for choosing a poem form or the form of a short story?

Sort the answers below into the right column.

 PoemStory
Can develop a character in more detail
Gets to the point quickly
Uses more linguistic techniques
Uses rhyme and rhythm
Slower to build to the climax
Can introduce more characters
  • Question 1

Read the first stanza again. It describes a palace long ago which was seen by the King to be perfect.

 

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In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

Once a fair and stately palace—

Radiant palace—reared its head.

In the monarch Thought’s dominion,

It stood there!

Never seraph spread a pinion

Over fabric half so fair!

 

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Castle

 

 

Which words suggest that the castle was perfect? Select four answers from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
greenest
fair
stately
radiant
EDDIE SAYS
These are very positive words associated with the castle. 'Greenest' is a superlative, meaning the valley is the most green it could possibly be.
  • Question 2

Read the second stanza again. The writer uses alliteration to emphasise certain phrases.

 

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Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow

(This—all this—was in the olden

Time long ago)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,

A wingèd odor went away.

 

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Select the lines that contain alliteration.

CORRECT ANSWER
Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
EDDIE SAYS
Alliteration is the repeated use of a sound or letter. It is used to make certain phrases stand out. Here, it is used when describing the different parts of the castle to show how lovely it is.
  • Question 3

In the third and fourth stanzas, the palace is compared to a human head. This suggests that the castle actually represents the king and what happens inside the castle are his thoughts. 

 

King

 

Match the following quotations with the things that they represent. Hover your mouse over the quotations to see them in full.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

'Through two luminous windows'
eyes
'Spirits moving musically'
thoughts
'And all with pearl and ruby glow...
mouth
'Through which came flowing, flow...
speech
EDDIE SAYS
This adds to the eerie feeling of the castle, as it makes it seem more alive.
  • Question 4

In the fifth stanza, the tone of the poem changes and the castle is no longer so perfect. Which words or phrases show this?

 

Choose four correct answers from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
evil things
robes of sorrow
let us mourn!
dawn upon him desolate
EDDIE SAYS
These phrases all have very negative connotations and contrast the positive vocabulary used to drescribe the castle earlier in the poem.
  • Question 5

What does this change in tone suggest about the mind and thoughts of the king?

CORRECT ANSWER
That he is haunted by disturbed thoughts
EDDIE SAYS
The change in tone often reflects a change in attitude or mood of a character. Here, the king is being haunted by his thoughts, so a darker and more sombre tone is appropriate.
  • Question 6

Which words in the final stanza show this?

 

Choose three answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
discordant
ghastly
hideous
EDDIE SAYS
'Discordant', 'ghastly' and 'hideous' suggest that the king's is being haunted by disturbed thoughts. these are very negative words, which suggest how negatively the king is feeling.
  • Question 7

Now you are going to compare this poem with Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Tell-Tale Heart.

 

What theme do both texts have in common?

CORRECT ANSWER
Troubled minds
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is troubled minds. The palace represents the king's troubled mind and in the short story the narrator's sanity is constantly questioned.
  • Question 8

What style are both texts written in?

CORRECT ANSWER
Gothic horror
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is Gothic horror. The setting of both the poem and story are typical of the gothic genre.
  • Question 9

What themes are explored in the poem 'The Haunted Palace'?

Choose 2 correct answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
evil
madness
EDDIE SAYS
Although the poem is dark in its tone, it doesn\'t explore death specifically. It is more focussed on the king\'s descent into madness and evil thoughts.
  • Question 10

What are the reasons for choosing a poem form or the form of a short story?

Sort the answers below into the right column.

CORRECT ANSWER
 PoemStory
Can develop a character in more detail
Gets to the point quickly
Uses more linguistic techniques
Uses rhyme and rhythm
Slower to build to the climax
Can introduce more characters
EDDIE SAYS
Whilst both types of writing have their benefits, typically a poem is shorter and portrays the theme more overtly. A story can build its characters, themes and ideas more easily.
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