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Poetry about Relationships: 'Sister Maude'

In this worksheet, students develop their understanding of poetry by studying Christina Rossetti's poem 'Sister Maude'.

'Poetry about Relationships: 'Sister Maude'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

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In this worksheet you will develop your understanding of poetry by studying a poem about a bad relationship between two sisters. Read the following poem by Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) called 'Sister Maude' and then answer the questions.




Sister Maude  


Who told my mother of my shame,

Who told my father of my dear?

Oh who but Maude, my sister Maude,

Who lurked to spy and peer.


Cold he lies, as cold as stone,

With his clotted curls about his face:

The comeliest corpse in all the world

And worthy of a queen's embrace.


You might have spared his soul, sister,

Have spared my soul, your own soul too:

Though I had not been born at all,

He'd never have looked at you.


My father may sleep in Paradise,

My mother at Heaven-gate:

But sister Maude shall get no sleep

Either early or late.


My father may wear a golden gown,

My mother a crown may win;

If my dear and I knocked at Heaven-gate

Perhaps they'd let us in:

But sister Maude, oh sister Maude,

Bide you with death and sin.


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