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3 Pugh Poems for Discussion and Analysis in Groups

Andrea Lewis | Monday November 30, 2009


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  1. WJEC Duffy and Pugh Poetry Guide
  2. WJEC LT1 Duffy and Pugh Poetry Scheme of Work
  3. Poem Chart
  4. Education for Leisure Guardian Article
  5. Duffy ‘Comprehensive’ Worksheet
  6. 3 Pugh Poems for Discussion and Analysis in Groups
  7. Lesson Plan for Mid Term Review
  8. Duffy and Pugh Mid Course Review and Revision
  9. Poem Titles Cards
  10. Poetry Powerpoint Worksheet
  11. Duffy and Pugh Examination Question Practice and Sample Answer


by Sheenagh Pugh

Stanza 1

  • What kind of atmosphere is created in the first stanza? List any words which particularly contribute to this effect.
  • What does the word ‘tacked’ suggest about the construction of these ‘guys’?
  • The first two sentences in this stanza present a November scene effectively but after the ‘But…’ a significant development occurs in the poem. What is it? Notice how the position of the first two words in the last line of stanza 1 gives them extra emphasis.
  • In what ways are these eyes ‘ownerless’?

Stanza 2

  • Which words and phrases convey the attitude of the children to the real ‘guys’? List them.
  • Comment on the list of three nouns used to describe the ‘rivals’.
  • What is the tone of the last two lines of this verse?

Stanza 3

  • Discuss this last stanza. What has it got to do with the previous one?
  • What is the significance of the mention of a ‘merry death’? What is the significance of ‘a warlock circle’?
  • What do you think Pugh is exploring here?

To look at:

The rhyme scheme – analyse how it works and consider the effect of half rhyme.

Find an example of an oxymoron.
Find an effective use of alliteration and discuss why it is effective.


  • Which Duffy poems could you link this with?

The Haggard and the Falconer

by Sheenagh Pugh

Stanza 1

  • What does this verse tell the reader about the process of training a hawk?
  • Which words suggest the painfulness of the process?
  • Comment on the significance of the choice of the word ‘torturers’.
  • What are the rewards for the...

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