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The Manhunt is written

Hour is about the feelings

In Paris with You is recounted by a (the narrator) whose

Quickdraw is a one-sided

from the perspective of the

that arise from spending

relationship has just ended and who is now in Paris with

snapshot of a

wife of a soldier who has

time with a loved one. The

someone else ("I'm on the rebound"). This suggests a long-

relationship. The speaker of

sustained serious injuries at

poem suggests that to be

term relationship has ended and the speaker is currently

the poem is waiting for

war and has returned home.

with a loved one, even for

enjoying a less serious liaison. The narrator doesn't want to

contact from her lover. The

The poem explores the

just an hour, is precious and

examine the aftermath of the serious relationship: he doesn't

context of the relationship is

physical and mental effects

valuable. It also presents the

want to talk things over or even visit galleries or landmarks;

unclear, and we do not know

of living with injuries

traditional idea of time as an

he just wants to enjoy the moment rather than thinking of

if the speaker welcomes

sustained when on active

obstacle to lovers.

the future or the past.

contact or not. It would

appear that some sort of

service in the armed forces.

disagreement or separation
Ghazal is a love poem in

The poem Brothers is about a boy spending an

Praise Song For My Mother.

has occurred before the

which a speaker seeks to

afternoon with his younger brother and his

The title of this poem makes clear its

events presented in the

secure the love and attention

friend, and explores the relationship between

subject. A praise song is a traditional


of another. The precise

siblings. It is written from an adult perspective

form from many African cultures and is

details are unclear, but the

but considers the feelings of the older brother

often sung rather than being written down.

poem gives the impression

who thinks of his younger brother as an

This poem is a child's celebration of her

that the feelings of the


mother, explaining her qualities and the

speaker are not shared by

ways in which she has helped her

the object of their affections.


The harmonium is a musical organ

Sonnet 116.

Sonnet 43.

(usually found in a church) that is

This poem is about love, not

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet sequence was

played using keys and foot pedals.

between a speaker and his

written before she married Robert Browning to

The poem tells the story of

lover, but as a concept or idea.

express her intense love for him. Sonnet 43 is the

someone rescuing a harmonium

The poem explores what is

most famous of the 44 sonnets. In it, Browning

from being "bundled off to the

meant by love, and proposes

attempts to define her love. The opening of the poem

skip". The narrator needs the help

that, if it is true, love is one of

suggests it arises from a question: "How do I love

of his father to carry the instrument

life's constants which does not

thee? Let me count the ways!".

away from the church.

change with time or


To His Coy Mistress.

The speaker of the poem is
trying to convince his
"mistress" that they should
seize the day and not hold
back from expressing their
feelings for each other, and
so should sleep together. The
fact that this is something he
is proposing tells us the
couple are not married.

The Farmers Bride.

Sister Maude describes the death of a loved one caused by

Nettles is about a child - Scannell had

The poem tells the story of a farmer who

the actions of a jealous sister. The poem is ambiguous but

six children - falling into a patch of

marries "a maid" and refers to their early

hints strongly that jealousy and betrayal led to the death of a

nettles and seeking comfort from his

experience of marriage. It is told from the

sister's lover. The poem is written from the point of view of

parents. The speaker in the poem, after

farmer's perspective; his wife is not given

the betrayed sister, left alone without her loved one, who was

attending to his son's injuries - sets

voice. She appears to be badly affected by

coveted by Maude. The speaker believes that even if she

about destroying the nettles, only for

the experience of marriage and becomes

hadn't been born her dead lover would "never have looked

them to return with the passing of just

withdrawn and uncommunicative: "like a

at" Maude, and perhaps this provided motivation for Maude

"two weeks".

little frightened fay". She attempts to run

to destroy the lovers' relationship.

away and is food "All in a shiver and a

scare". She chooses to sleep in an attic
room, away from her husband, who longs for




Both poems demonstrate...

Although the first poem has a positive tone,

Born Yesterday was written "For Sally Amis",

the newborn daughter of Kingsley Amis, a

the second poem...

friend of Larkin's and a famous novelist. In the

What is it about? Get to know the subject

matter of the poem.

What is the form of the poem? Notice lines,

Each of the poems takes a slightly different

rhymes and rhythm. How does the poem


work? Look at the language (words) the

poem the speaker offers the child a welcome

The two poems contrast in...

poet has used. Think about the sound the

into the world and outlines what he hopes will

There is a similar description of... in both

poem makes when you read it aloud.

become her attributes. The poem briefly


Develop your ideas about the poem. What

presents traditional good wishes and hopes

feelings does the poem suggest to you?

offered on such occasions - "the usual stuff" -

What attitude does the poet seem to have

but follows with the suggestion of a less

towards the subject matter? What is the

conventional path to "happiness" won by "An

tone of the poem?

average of talents" rather than great beauty.

The title is a pun, or play on words: literally


the poem was written shortly after Sally's


birth, but "Born yesterday" is also a phrase

attitudes and tone

used to describe someone who is clueless

structure and form

about the world.

techniques used by the poets