IGCSE Poetry: "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden

This handout / worksheet is designed to enable an in-depth teaching and preparation of the poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden. The poem is also on the IGCSE English Literature curriculum for exams in 2020 and 2021…

The handout includes:

  1. Short biography and introduction to the poet - Robert Hayden

  2. Historical context of composition and inspiration (Hayden was inspired by writers of the Harlem Renaissance).

  3. Pre-reading activity with an introduction to the sonnet form (relevant to gain a better understanding of the poem)…

  4. The poem text with line numbers to facilitate close reading and analysis, and a glossary of unusual or difficult vocabulary.

  5. Comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions.

  6. Additional longer writing tasks (including essay questions and a creative response question) to activate higher order thinking skills and to facilitate exam practice.

  7. A sample commentary of the poem.

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Created: Oct 18, 2018

Updated: Mar 8, 2019

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