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Teaching Programme



Model assessments

Poetry of social comment

Uplift to teacher

RESOURCES/ Thanks to the inspiration of the Salmon K., Year 11 Poetry Course Book 2002 (yellow book):


Selection 1

Selection 2

Selection 3

Other Selections

Henry Kendall

The Last of His Tribe


Charles Harpur Regret


Henry Lawson

The Roaring Days

The Sliprails and the Spur

Past Carin'

Ballad of the Drover

Banjo Paterson

Clancy of the Overflow




Judith Wright

Bullocky, Eli Eli

Woman to Man, 2, another

Eve to Her Daughters

The Surfer, Trapped Dingo,
Metho Drinker

Oodgeroo Noonuccal

We are going

Then and Now

Time is Running Out

Gifts, Colour bar

Bruce Dawe


Life-Cycle, Good Friday

The Not-So-Good Earth

the victims,

Les Murray

The House of Four-X

The Burning Truck

An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow

The Wilderness

Colin Thiele

The Improvers


Kenneth Slessor Sensuality


Douglas Stewart

Leopard Skin (commentary in Workbook)


Dugan To a Trainee Accountant


Peter Porter

Your Attention Please


David Gill Killing a Whale


David Campbell

Men in Green




Relevant links (active 31 August 2002)
Oz poets' sites
OzLit Poetry site
A-Z Poetical terms
Poetic Terminology
Shakespeare's Sonnet 73
More great sites
The Poetry Resource (Aust.)
Landscape poetry
Sandburg Wilderness
Judith Wright
Three prose poems
Irreverence in Australian religious verse

Lesson 1: Encountering poetry

See also The Australian Magazine May 10/11 1997 p. 16 Who reads poetry anyway?

A definition "reflections in tranquillity" (Wordsworth) implies art, elaboration, self consciousness

Poetry is written for special occasions. Commemorative Poetry: ode, sonnet, coronation, death, marriage, love, anthem.

Is oldest of all media: Homer Iliad and Odyssey

Poetry as public communication:

Poem as an argument:

Poetry has humour, ambiance, freedom, is art.

Examples of personal voice:


1. Summary and sourced

2. Use of devices and effectiveness

3. Appreciation/ Evaluation/ Response

Use of biographical information can be helpful

Knowing the social/cultural/ political context can be very useful but not essential

Knowing a poet's favourite/ usual themes/ preoccupations is useful.

Deal with your emotions in this study:


Contact author. Page devised 15 August 2002.

Three prose poems analysed:
Dawe: "The Not-So-Good Earth",
Porter: "Your Attention Please" and
Murray: "The Burning Truck."

ANSWERS to the Self Test on devices

1. simile/metaphor

2. hyperbole

3. personification

4. ribbon = metaphor

5. glass of blessings = metaphor

6. wind-worried = alliteration

7. bright bubbles bursting = alliteration

8. murmuring of innumerable =assonance

9. "load of links" = metaphor "with pant and puff" = alliteration

10. "Tonight it doth inherit the vasty Hall of Death = onomatopoeia

11. ghosts of ghosts, ghostly = repetition for effect

12. "like dumb tongues" = simile "that loll and gasp for air" = personification

13. "Thou art my life" = apostrophe The very eyes of me = metaphor

14. "Ring out, wild bells" = apostrophe

15. dead smile = oxymoron, we stood in Hell = slight hyperbole

16. bird, as old and wise as Time = similes, falling cadence

17. "the curious bird, his cynic eyes half closed" transferred epithet = cynic

18. "Hail to thee bright spirit!" = apostrophe

19. "The evil that men do lives after them/ The good is oft interred with their bones." = couplet, antithesis

20. "Where are the songs of Spring? Ay where are they?" = echo


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