CCEA legacy website
Content will no longer be kept uptodate from Monday 20th January 2020
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19
This is our legacy website and will no longer be kept uptodate from Monday 20th January 2020.

Suggested tasks for students

Questions on the poem

  1. In your own words, explain what the speaker asks the mason in stanza 1.
  2. What is the mason’s response in stanza 2?
  3. How does Hardy depict the permanency and grandeur of the mason’s work?
  4. How does Hardy convey the physical difficulties of this trade?
  5. What does the mason’s pain contrast with?
  6. The mason is clearly proud of his work. What does he have to say about it?
  7. How does Hardy recreate the natural rhythms of speech?

Areas for discussion

Taking pride in work

Contrast of the mason’s work ethic with modern-day work ethics