In both poems people reflect on autumn. Write about both poems and their effect on you. You may wish to include some or all of these points: The content – what they are about The themes -? ideas the poet wanted the reader to consider The atmosphere and mood of the poem Structure – how the poem is organized How they are written -? words and phrase you find interesting Your personal response When Autumn Came This is the way that autumn came to the trees: it stripped them down to the skin, left their ebony bodies naked.
It shook out their hearts, the yellow leaves, catered them over the ground.
Anyone could trample them out of shape undisturbed by a single moan of protest. The birds that herald dreams were exiled from their song, each voice torn out of its throat. They dropped into the dust even before the hunter strung his bow.
Naomi Lizard Autumn Autumn arrives Like an experienced robber Grabbing the green stuff Then cunningly covering his tracks With a deep multitude Of colorful distractions. And the wind, The wind is his accomplice Putting an air of chaos Into the careful diversions So branches shake And dead leaves are suddenly brown
In the faces of inquisitive strangers. The theft chills the world Changes the temper of the earth Till the normally placid sky Glows red with a quiet rage. Alan Bold Unseen Poetry similarities differences Content: Who? Where? When? What? Why do you think the poet wrote this poem? What is the mood or atmosphere of the poem? Does it change at any point? Why? How has the poet used language cleverly? Similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration etc.
Think why each technique has been chosen. Give your opinion of the poem (three sentences) Which poem did you prefer and why?