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

Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. What is the trout compared to in the opening stanza?
  2. What does Heaney personify in the opening stanza?
  3. Comment on two poetic techniques that Heaney uses in the second stanza.
  4. Pick out the weaponry analogies that are used.
  5. Why might the final line be isolated from the rest of the poem?

Area for discussion

Appreciation of the power of nature