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Exam Preparation for Poetry 14

In this worksheet, students remind themselves how to prepare for unseen poetry in their GCSE exam.

'Exam Preparation for Poetry 14' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Read a Wide Range of High-Quality Texts

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will help you to prepare for the poetry elements in your GCSE exam.

 

Read the following poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley and answer the questions that follow it.

 

 

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Winter

Winter came; the wind was his whip,

One choppy finger was on his lip;

He had torn the cataracts from the hills,

And they clanked at his girdle like manacles.

His breath was a chain without a sound

The earth, and the air, and the water bound;

He came, fiercely driven in his chariot throne

By the tenfold blasts of the arctic zone.

Then the weeds which were forms of living death

Fled from the frost to the earth beneath.

Their decay and sudden flight from frost

Was but like the vanishing of a ghost.

 

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What season is the poem describing?

spring

summer

autumn

winter

In this poem winter is being described as a person. What is this technique called?

 

 

metaphor

personification

simile

What sort of person is winter compared with?

a shy retiring person

a lazy person

a warrior in his chariot

What does this tell us about winter?

that it comes as a surprise

that it is powerful and destroys everything in its path

that it only comes once a year

Shelley suggests that winter is strong and powerful.

Select the three lines below that support this idea.

 

 

the wind was his whip

One choppy finger was on his lip

He had torn the cataracts from the hills

He came, fiercely driven in his chariot throne.

His breath was a chain

Then the weeds which were forms of living death.

What do these two lines describe?

 

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His breath was a chain without a sound

The earth, and the air, and the water bound;

 

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the cold wind

the frost

the way winter freezes everything

Why does Shelley describe the wind as a whip?

to describe the biting coldness of it and the way it can be so cold it hurts

to describe the sound of it

to describe the fact that it can be windy for a long time

How would you describe the form of this poem?

one stanza of 12 lines

a sonnet

free verse

How would you describe the rhyme scheme of the poem?

ABAB

ABCB

AABB

What do we call this rhyme scheme?

rhyming double

rhyming lines

rhyming couplets

Why do you think the poem is written in rhyming couplets?

It makes the poem flow and shows the speed winter arrives in.

The strong rhymes emphasise the strength of winter.

It makes the poem flow like winter flows through the world.

The poem contains images of death. Select the two options below that contain these.

Winter came; the wind was his whip

Then the weeds which were forms of living death

His breath was a chain without a sound

Their decay and sudden flight from frost Was but like the vanishing of a ghost.

Why does the poem contain these images?

 

because it is the end of the year

because winter is powerful

because winter is when nature dies

Now practise writing some P-E-E paragraphs to answer the question:

What is the poet saying about the season of winter and what techniques does he use?

Tick this when you have written some P-E-E paragraphs.

  • Question 1

What season is the poem describing?

CORRECT ANSWER
winter
EDDIE SAYS
The season being described is winter.
  • Question 2

In this poem winter is being described as a person. What is this technique called?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
personification
EDDIE SAYS
This poem uses personification to describe winter.
  • Question 3

What sort of person is winter compared with?

CORRECT ANSWER
a warrior in his chariot
EDDIE SAYS
Winter is described as a warrior in his chariot.
  • Question 4

What does this tell us about winter?

CORRECT ANSWER
that it is powerful and destroys everything in its path
EDDIE SAYS
Winter being compared to a warrior suggests that it is powerful and destroys everything in its path.
  • Question 5

Shelley suggests that winter is strong and powerful.

Select the three lines below that support this idea.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
the wind was his whip
He had torn the cataracts from the hills
He came, fiercely driven in his chariot throne.
EDDIE SAYS
The three lines which support the idea that winter is strong are:
the wind was his whip
He had torn the cataracts from the hills
He came, fiercely driven in his chariot throne.
  • Question 6

What do these two lines describe?

 

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His breath was a chain without a sound

The earth, and the air, and the water bound;

 

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CORRECT ANSWER
the way winter freezes everything
EDDIE SAYS
The lines...

His breath was a chain without a sound
The earth, and the air, and the water bound;

...describe the way the winter freezes everything.
  • Question 7

Why does Shelley describe the wind as a whip?

CORRECT ANSWER
to describe the biting coldness of it and the way it can be so cold it hurts
EDDIE SAYS
Shelly describes the wind as a whip because he is describing the biting coldness of it and the way it can be so cold it hurts.
  • Question 8

How would you describe the form of this poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
one stanza of 12 lines
EDDIE SAYS
The form of the poem is one stanza of 12 lines.
  • Question 9

How would you describe the rhyme scheme of the poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
AABB
EDDIE SAYS
The rhyme scheme is AABB.
  • Question 10

What do we call this rhyme scheme?

CORRECT ANSWER
rhyming couplets
EDDIE SAYS
This rhyme scheme is called rhyming couplets.
  • Question 11

Why do you think the poem is written in rhyming couplets?

CORRECT ANSWER
The strong rhymes emphasise the strength of winter.
EDDIE SAYS
The poem is written using rhyming couplets because the strong rhymes emphasise the strength of winter.
  • Question 12

The poem contains images of death. Select the two options below that contain these.

CORRECT ANSWER
Then the weeds which were forms of living death
Their decay and sudden flight from frost Was but like the vanishing of a ghost.
EDDIE SAYS
The two lines which suggest death are:
Then the weeds which were forms of living death
Their decay and sudden flight from frost / Was but like the vanishing of a ghost.
  • Question 13

Why does the poem contain these images?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
because winter is when nature dies
EDDIE SAYS
The poem contains images of death because winter is when nature dies off.
  • Question 14

Now practise writing some P-E-E paragraphs to answer the question:

What is the poet saying about the season of winter and what techniques does he use?

CORRECT ANSWER
Tick this when you have written some P-E-E paragraphs.
EDDIE SAYS
Each paragraph should include P-E-E:
Point = the point you are making.
Evidence = an example of why you are right.
Explanation = what the quotation or observation means, why it explains your point, etc.
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