Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. What qualities of the city does the poet describe in the octave? Comment on his choice of language and poetic techniques.
  2. Describe how the poet feels as he surveys this sight.
  3. The beauty of the morning is compared to a ‘garment’. Comment on the effectiveness of this.
  4. The poet endows the city with life. How does he do this, and to what effect?

Areas for discussion

What do we associate with a prominent city?

What are the key features, characteristics and landmarks of a prominent city?