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The Poems

Annotation task

Read this poem closely, recording your analytical comments in each of the four prompt boxes.  Use the highlighter tool to indicate the parts of the text that link to your commentary, matching your annotation colour to the background colour of each prompt box to order your notes. To move a text box click and drag it using the cross-arrow on the right-hand side:


Click on a colour then click on any words you wish to highlight:

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art --
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite ,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors --
No --yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender -taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.