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AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 2: Love and Relationships Anthology Lessons 9-16

Sarah Battams | Monday February 11, 2013


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Lessons 9-16 deal with the poems which are focused on romantic love and marriage. Poems covered: Sonnet 29, Love’s Philosophy, Neutral Tones, When We Two Parted, Porphyria’s Love, Winter Swans, The Farmers Bride and Singh Song.

Lesson Nine

Learning Objectives

  • By completing this lesson, students will have interpreted the use of metaphor in ‘Sonnet 29’.

Starter Activity

Give students a list of English idioms related to love and marriage. These could include:

  • I fell in love.
  • He popped the question.
  • He stole my heart.
  • She dumped me.
  • We broke up.
  • We hit the rocks.

Ask students to identify the verb in each of these sentences, and then to comment on what these verbs have in common. If they are uncertain, provide the following sentences:

  • I fell in the mud.
  • He popped the balloon.
  • He stole my bicycle.
  • She dumped the rubbish.
  • We broke the plates.
  • We hit the lamp-post.

These sentences should illustrate that, despite being an emotion, love (or the loss/lack of love) is often described as a physical entity.  At least in Western society, love is often presented as something which we can fall into, break or lose.

Main Activity 1

Ask the students to keep this idea – that emotions can be described physically - in mind as you read Sonnet 29 – ‘ I think of thee!’ Ask the students to draw a very simple picture of a tree. Then reread the lines ‘my thoughts do twine and bud About thee, as wild vines, about a tree’ – to what does the speaker compare her thoughts? To vines which ‘put out broad leaves, and soon there’s nought to see Except the straggling green which hides the wood.’


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