01. 02H comparison Chart and Response Questions

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01.02H Comparison Chart and Response Questions

Use textual support from the poems and your reading in this lesson to fill in the left and right columns of the chart for both poems.

"Song—To the Men of England"

"Land of Hope and Glory"

Meter: Iambic Pentameter

Rhyme: AABB

Meter (Iambic pentameter, Iambic hexameter, for example)

Rhyme scheme (use letters to identify the pattern)

Meter: Both iambic tetrameter and hexameter


Metaphor- Bees of England


Imagery- “weapon, chains, and scourge”

Hyperbole- Drain your sweat

Poetic Devices:

Imagery (vivid language describing the five senses)

Hyperbole (exaggeration to support a point)

Metaphor- With potential to become mightier yet
Imagery-Mightier, stern

Hyperbole- England as mother to the free.

Drain your sweat


Dominant Words and Phrases

Land of Hope

The author wants the poor community to be given representation and rights

Theme (author’s message)

 The author wants the people of England to be given the rights that they deserve and should have been born with

The poor people were controlled by the noble and rich and were stuck.

Historical Connections

 The people of England became free and the people got the freedoms they deserved

Response Questions

Use complete sentences and textual support for each response.

  1. In eight to 10 sentences, compare the “Bees of England” metaphor in Shelley’s poem to the metaphor of England as “Mother to the Free” in Benson’s poem. Shelley uses the phrase “Bees of England” when describing the people of England. Shelley uses the word “Bee” because they believe that England is working the people of England to death and taking advantage of their labor. Shelley believes that the people of England are considered worthless. On the contrary, Benson uses the phrase “Mother to the Free” when discussing England. Benson portrays England as the land of the free and welcomes everyone. The comparison of England to a mother shows that Benson believes that England is caring and will care for every single one of its “children”. The two poems are polar opposites and have completely different ideas and opinions in regard to the country of England.

  2. In 8-10 sentences, compare the methods the two poets use to emphasize their enthusiasm toward their view of England. Shelley uses his concerns for the poor in England to emphasize their enthusiasm about their view of England. Shelley believes that the freedoms of England are only available to those who are rich or are a noble. He wants the poor to stand up for themselves and fight for their rights. Shelley uses emotional and persuasive language in his poem. Benson spoke in a more positive light when discussing England. Benson displays his pride in England. He believes that all people in England are given the rights that they deserve. Overall, Benson creates a good image of England.

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