Identify Figures of speech in poetry-ENGLISH FAL GRADE 12


On this ENGLISH GRADE 12 task we will learn more on how to analyse poem and how to find figures of speech get their meanings on those lines.



We will analyse one of 54 sonnets of the most famous English England Poets of all times. We will understand all the figures of speech using Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare.


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follow the link to get the analysis of Sonnet 18 By William Shakeaspere.


After we are done analysing the attached poem I will then set your understanding based on the poem by giving you questions to answer.

Attachment 1A: worksheet




Read the poem provided carefully and then answer the questions which follow. The number of marks allocated to each question serves as a guide to the expected length of your answer.

Use full sentences and your words as far as possible when you are answering the following questions. Write your answers in blue or black-ink pen.

    1. Refer to the structure of the poem.
  1. Identify the type of sonnet.                                                                                               (1)
  2.  Explain the structure of this sonnet.                                                                                (2)
    1. (a) Identify the figure of speech in line 3. (‘Rough winds do … buds of May,’).                 (1)

(b) Explain the contrast between the lover and the wind.                             

    1. Refer to lines 5‒6. (‘Sometimes too hot … gold complexion dimmed;’). Using your own words explain these lines.                                                                                                                  (2)
    2. Refer to lines 9–10. (‘But thy eternal … fair thou lowest.’) Choose the correct answer to complete the following sentence. Write only the letter (A‒D) next to the question number (1.4) in the ANSWER BOOK. In these lines the speaker suggests that his lover’s beauty is … A everlasting. B disgusting. C fading. D declining.                                                                                       (2)
    3. Refer to lines 11–12. (‘Nor shall death … time thou grows’t’).

(a) Why is the speaker confident that death will not claim his beloved’s beauty?                (1)

(b) Explain the use of personification in line 11.                                                                  (2)                                           

    1. Using your OWN words, explain the last two lines of the poem.                                          (2)                                    



After evaluating and marking your work I will then give feedback on this platform.  

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This lesson is for Grade 12 English FAL National Prescribed Poetry.