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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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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.

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