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Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Per ardua ad astra


Introducing Nature Poets


Appreciating feeling rather than thought, and wild beauty rather than things made by man’ became a focus for many artists during what was called the Romantic Movement. Romantic poets promoted admiration and respect for the natural world both the physical and the emotional aspects of nature. British poets such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Keats were the driving force during this era. Other poets that we will also study for their romantic style include; William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Christina Rossetti and William Shakespeare.


This week, we will be looking at poems written by William Wordsworth and Emily Dickson as we explore the beauty and power of nature through poetic devices.


How to read a poem:

  • Read the poem over several times.
  • Read it aloud to yourself; poetry is meant to be heard!
  • When reading aloud, pay attention to spacing and punctuation (full stops, ellipses and dashes require a deliberate pause while commas only need a shorter break.). If there is no punctuation at the end of a line, no pause should be placed there, continue without break to the next line.
  • Look carefully at the words that really grab your attention, consider why they have been used. Also look closely at the different techniques that stand out to you, ask yourself what effect they have on the poem’s overall meaning.
  • Read slowly.   
  • Try to follow the thought of the poem continuously through to the end.


Ask yourself:

  • What is the general attitude of the poem? What is the tone (mood, atmosphere)? 
  • What feelings does it stir up in you, the reader? 
  • What emotions do you think the poet wanted to awaken? 
  • Who is the speaker in the poem? Is it the poet or are they writing as someone, something else.
  • Where is the poem set?
  • Look closely at the punctuation, word choice and what sound the words make:
  • Soft words like “slide,” “feather,” “laughter” usually add a gentle feel and mood
  • Harder words with harsh sounds like “corked,” guzzle,” “battled” can lend an angry, harsh atmosphere

Writing Activities:


Option 1:

Write a poem on your favourite flower in the style of William Wordsworth. Do your best to follow the rhyme scheme ABABCC. Include a range of poetic devices (personification, hyperboles, alliteration, similes and metaphors). Consider the mood and theme of your poem as you express the emotions your chosen flower evokes.


Option 2:

Write a paragraph describing Mother Nature. If Mother Nature were to be amongst us, how might you describe her appearance, personality, character and temperament? Use similes, metaphors and hyperboles to write your descriptive paragraph. Ensure you write in third person. Consider the following questions:

  • Where do we find Mother Nature to be?
  • Why do we call her ‘Mother Nature’?
  • What is her role?
  • What does she look like?
  • How is she similar or different to a mother?
  • How long has she existed?
  • Who are her children?
  • How do we acknowledge her presence?

E.g. Mother Nature’s love is generous and pure like a raindrop in monsoon from the wealthiest cloud.