Learning objective - St Cuthbert Mayne GCSE English

Learning objective - St Cuthbert Mayne GCSE English

Rank the following in order of importance: 1 is the most important and 7 is the least. LOVE PARENTHOOD WEALTH EMPLOYMENT SOCIAL STATUS MARRIAGE PROPERTY Feedback your decisions. Are there any

differences based on gender? Rhyme and Rhythm The rhyme and rhythm are an important part of this poem. Fill in the blanks on the worksheet from the words in the boxes. This will help you focus on the rhyme pattern and the rhythm. What is the effect of the regular rhyme and rhythm? First impressions Lets read the poem. What are your first

impressions? What do you think the time period of the poem is? Read the sheet The Victorians to give you some background information. Have a look at the following images. Why is the context of the poem significant? Help with language Look at the following table and match each phrase from the poem with a modern interpretation on the right. Original phrase Modern interpretation

Not mindful I was fair No longer a virgin Woes me for joy thereof Dumped me An unclean thing Your Lord would pay a lot

Cast me by Married him Mean estate Im such a fool to have been so happy about it. Have taken his hand Now aware that I was pretty You fret

A poor home Your sire would give broad lands You worry Lets annotate the poem. Contrasts The poem is full of contrasts. Make a list of contrasting words/phrases/images. E.g. Shameless/shameful. Think about the effect

of the contrast on the reader. For example, the narrator has been shamed through living with the Lord but it is not her fault and she should not be ashamed. The Lord himself feels no shame and others do not see his actions as shameful. The poets message Choose two or three words from the following that you think best describes the tone of the poem and the womans emotions: Bitter, regretful, angry, happy, triumphant, uncaring, jealous, sad, vindictive, proud.

Write a paragraph justifying your choice and evaluating the overall message delivered by the poet. Do we feel sorry for the woman in the poem? Extension questions Whom does the narrator blame for her predicament? How does Rossetti convey this? What is the poet trying to say about Victorian values, sex and morality? The narrator is unnamed. What is the effect of this and how does it affect the readers response to her? By contrast Kate is

named three times in the poem and once in the title. Extra thinking How does the poem fit into Clashes and Collisions? Who is clashing with whom? What other poem in the Anthology could you compare it with? Plenary Our lesson objectives were: To understand what the poem Cousin Kate by

Christina Rossetti is about. To analyse how the poet has used language and structure to convey thoughts, feelings and ideas. In your own words, answer the following questions: What is Cousin Kate about? How do language and structure contribute to meaning?

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