Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

Poetís use of language

  • ‘Drill’ refers to the row of potatoes, not a machine
  • The gatherers are depicted as exhausted yet determined
  • Natural imagery
  • Comparisons
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Religious imagery
  • The folk memory of the famine god
  • Parallelism of phrases
  • Loose iambic meter (a mix of tetrameters and pentameters, alternate rhyming), alliteration, enjambment, pause, careful syntax