This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Marrysong” by Dennis Scott. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021. The worksheet and resouce can be used independently of the IGCSE English Literature exams and syllabus, too, of course!
The handout includes:
Short biography and introduction to the poet - Dennis Scott
The poem text with information about the context of composition, line numbers to facilitate a close-reading, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary.
Definition, examples and short treatise about the functions of extended metaphors in literature (relevant for a deeper understanding of the poem).
Comprehension, close reading and analysis questions.
Essay Questions and Exam Practice questions to facilitate optimal preparation for the IGCSE Literature exams.
Teacher’s Notes and Study Guide, which includes the following:
a) Context of composition
b) Teacher’s Notes to assist a first reading of the poem
c) Student activities and suggestions to facilitate a close reading of the poem (designed to accompany the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions.
d) Critical Commentary and Analysis of the Figurative Devices, designed as a kind of ANSWERS KEY for the comprehension, close reading and analysis questions.
e) SAMPLE COMMENTARIES and ESSAY RESPONSES to the additional essay questions and exam practice questions.
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