Resources for four of Yeats' poems ('An Irishman Foresees His Death', 'Easter 1916', 'The Wild Swans at Coole', 'When You Are Old')
One resource for each poem which includes:
1. 'An Irishman Foresees His Own Death' Extended Paragraphs
Three questions to stretch those minds! Prepare extended paragraphs for each question. This worksheet social, historical, political and personal meanings in the poem.
2. 'Easter 1916' Unpacking the Poem
A mixture of history, comprehension and mind-mapping. Students will end up with a good body of notes.
3. 'The Wild Swans at Coole' Nature and Time
A comprehensive style worksheet. Compare nature and human nature, connotations of 'wild' and why the swans are there in the first place! A great worksheet to use after first reading the poem.
4. 'When You Are Old' - Implications
A series of key lines from the poem are isolated and examined by students to search for implications,before coming together as a class to discuss. Could make a good jigsaw activity too.