Comparison Chart and Response Questions: 'Song to the Men of England' and 'Land of Hope and Glory'

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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"
Iambic tetrameter

AABB
Meter (Iambic pentameter, Iambic hexameter, for example)

Rhyme scheme (use letters to identify the pattern)
Iambic hexameter and Iambic tetrameter

ABABCDCD
“Wherefore, Bees of England forge”

“Trace your grave and build your tomb”

“For the lords who lay ye low?”
Poetic Devices:
Metaphor

Imagery (vivid language describing the five senses)

Hyperbole (exaggeration to support a point)
England is described as “Mother of the Free” and become ”mightier yet” in the first stanza

“As Ocean large and wide”

“Thy fame is ancient as the days”

“Wherefore weave with toil and care the rich robes your tyrants wear?”
Dominant Words and Phrases
“Thine Empire shall be strong.
Thy fame is ancient as the days”
Don’t let the upper class oppress you
Theme (author’s message)
Already made it or achieved the goals but there are incredibly more to come and to achieve
In the 17th century to the 19th century, social system had dominated England. Land ownership and lineage determined people’s class ranking (high and low class). They lacked a middle-class until the 1800s.
Historical Connections
England’s empire has grown and because of it it’s strong. In the 10th century, England was a struggling nation until the 19th century where they gained power.

Response Questions
Use complete sentences and textual support for each response.
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.
The metaphor “Bees of England” is one of the easiest metaphors to understand. When Shelley means by bees, he is referring to people that actually works. He refers them as bees because they do hard labor for the upper class. In fact, the main reason

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