In today's English let's take a look at one of the most famous poems in the English language - "The Tyger" by William Blake. Yes, the spelling is strange, and that is addressed in one of the comprehension questions.
I'd like you to read the poem and clarify the meaning of any new vocabulary.
Then answer the comprehension questions in full sentences.
Here is a link to "The Tyger" on "The Poetry Foundation" website.
You can read the poem, and hear it read out loud by clicking the "play" icon.
Here are the comprehension questions:
1. What do you think this poem is about?
2. Explain what you think the poet meant when he described the animal as ‘burning bright’.
3. When and where might this animal be found?
4. Write down five examples of alliteration from the poem.
5. In verse 4, Blake is suggesting that such a powerful animal must have been created by…
(a) a sculptor
(b) a painter
(c) a blacksmith
(d) a carpenter
Pick one option and explain why.
6. Is this a modern poem? Explain your answer.
7. Who is ‘he’ in verse 5?
8. Why do you think the poet spelt “Tiger” as “Tyger” in this poem?
Here you can learn about the learning of Year 5.