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Y5-6: Silver by Walter de la Mare

Aside from a few examples of more archaic words and word use, this is a very short and simple poem that describes what can be seen during one night from the perspective of a bright moon, personified as a woman, who is lighting up the scene. It is useful for stimulating discussion on sound effects in poetry and how careful choices can enhance meaning, as there are many examples of sibilance being used to create a reverent hush. It provides quite a nice introduction to poetry analysis such as children will meet and be expected to perfect at secondary school.

Focus: clarifying archaic words, read a classic text, summarising, using pictures and visualisation to clarify meaning, alliteration, personification.

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Product Code: ENG-RTR-/56/01