17 thoughts on “11EN1 – What did you learn today?

  1. Harriet Walker

    In todays lesson i learnt about how to look deper into poems and find different ways of interpreting the text. I Also learnt how to find turning points within a poem and how they can affect the language and punctuation used.

  2. Rhiannon

    In today’s lesson I had learned about how the turning point of a poem is affected by the rhyme and meter. To be frank, I’ve learned that the turning point(s) in ‘O what is that Sound’ were important and were noticeable throughout the poem by the sudden changes in the rhyme, as if it were to match the in the male persona. It’s as if the first turning point happens when he is not so sure of himself, because the poem starts with him comforting his wife who sees the soldiers in the streets, just simply practicing their manoeuvres, until they suddenly change direction, and he is suddenly uncertain of himself. The half rhymes, or slants, represent this hesitation until the rhyme returns, and this is when it dawns on him that the soldiers are after him, and by leaving his wife behind he’s putting her in more danger than if he faced the music. I learned therefore that the use of rhyme can have the intended affect on the reader of making them hesitate and wonder why there is a sudden change in the rhythm of the poem.

  3. Sapphire

    During today’s lesson we focused on the poem ‘O what is that sound’. I have learnt that there can be many turning points in a poem that can be interpreted in different ways. We also looked at how the persona in the poem can change, this also helped develop my understanding of the turning points. We noticed that the persona changed every two lines in each stanza, this was clear due to the way each persona had a different repetitivness about them, whenever the female persona was being shown there would be an ‘O’ at the start of her speach and she would often repeat words such as ‘wheeling, wheeling’. However when the male persona was present he would often call his wife ‘dear’. Along with our discussions of rhyme, this really helped further my understanding of different ways to interpret a poem.

  4. Kayleigh

    Today in English i learnt how to identify the turning point in a poem and the you really need to open your mind and think deeper to really see what the writer of the poem is saying, Or even what is happening in a poem.

  5. Alix Hopley

    I learnt in todays lesson that poems can be anticipated in so many different ways. For example, I thought that the character in the poem was a soldier going off to war. However, Piers and others thought that he had gone AWOL from the army and was hiding from the army. There were also different ideas on whether or not the character was trying to protect his wife or was being selfish and only looking after himself. These different ideas were portrayed through different poetic devices like: repetition, form and couplets. This means that poetic devices are really significant in writing a poem and can change the whole viewpoint of background of a poem.

  6. India

    Today in my English lesson I managed to develop my learning by focusing on the poem ‘O what a sound’. I learnt where the ‘turning points’ were in the poem and how they effected the reader. As a class we shared our ideas so we could all have a better understanding of this poem. I found that others interpreted the turning points in different ways than I did, therefor the poets words could mean more than one thing.

  7. Meg hallett

    In the English lesson I improved my understanding of the poem ‘O what is that sound’. By going through the poem and annotating it, I now understand the turning point- where there’s a change within the poem, changing the emotion, situation and a twist in the form. Then by sharing our different interpretations of the poem, shows that the author could have meant different things by how he’s written it.

  8. Olivia

    In the English lesson, I learned and developed my understanding on turning points, specifically in the poem “O what is that sound”. I have understood that the turning point in the poem can work with the context, rhyme and meter to help produce a certain intended effect on the reader. To begin with we annotated the sheet as a class and I found this very useful as everyone was given an opportunity to share their ideas. We discussed where the turning points were and how they conjoined with the form of the poem. I believe that the lesson was crucial in helping us to prepare for our poetry controlled assessment.

  9. Mary Anne Johnson

    In the lesson, I was able to practise looking more deeply into a poem and feel that each poetry lesson I learn how to look even further into the meanings behind the poems and that there can be more than one. I also learnt the difference between pure-rhyme and half-rhyme as i was unaware of the actual terms before. Another term I learnt in that lesson was duolouge, when there is more than one speaker. The turning point of a poem was another key part of my learning as I learnt the definition of the meaning and how to become more open minded when looking into a poem which enables me to identify the turning points themselves.

  10. Jake

    In our English lesson yesterday, we learnt what a turning point in a poem and how to identify it. We looked at the poem O what is that sound and found that the the persona in the poem changed every two lines, like a call and response. Different people interpret the poem in different ways and other people’s veiws help you become more open minded about the reasons that poems were written and the meaning behind them.

  11. georgia

    In today’s lesson we looked at the poem ‘oh what us that sound’ I learnt how to identify where turning points are within a prom. Moreover I realized that you need to look into poems with more depth to find the hidden meanings

  12. tilly

    In the lesson i learnt about turning points in poems, not only how to recognize them but also how they effect the poem and why the writer uses them. Also i learnt about how everyone interprets the poems differently, and although some one may have completely different ideas to mine, both can be plausible explanations.

  13. Josie

    In this lesson we focused on the poem “o what is the sound” and I learnt how to pick out significant points and phrases that changes the views on the poem for example the first few stanza’s use the poetic device of religion where the “husband” reassures his wife by saying “dear” but as the poem goes on the plot changes into the husband not being so sure and not being able to reassure his wife.

  14. Josh

    Today i learned how to look deeply into a poem. This helped me to uncover the turning points of the poem, ‘O what is that sound’. As well as being able to spot different parts and poetic devices which are in the poem, i also learned how meter also effect the turning point.

  15. piers

    in that lesson i learned how read a turning point in a peom, i also found out how write a develped paragranph on, i alo found out how the turning point can help you undertsand that peom.i alo learned how the meter is effetced by the turning point.


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