Mrs Taylor’s Year 12 independent work (Enrichment Day) Unseen Poetry


Please can you attempt this unseen poetry (Indian Serenade) task in lieu of our lesson on Thursday (I am involved in Enrichment Day with Y11)

1a) Discuss the use and effect of language choice in this poem(5 marks AO1)

1b) Using two examples from the poem, explore this poet’s use of voice (5 marks AO2)

1c)Using your knowledge of poetry, discuss what strikes you as being the important theme or themes in this poem and the ways in which they are developed. (10 marks AO1 & Ao2)

The Indian Serenade

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

   I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright:
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
Hath led me—who knows how?
To thy chamber window, Sweet!


   The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream—
The Champak odours fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The Nightingale’s complaint,
It dies upon her heart;—
As I must on thine,
Oh, belovèd as thou art!


   Oh lift me from the grass!
I die! I faint! I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.
My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast;—
Oh! press it to thine own again,
Where it will break at last.
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