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