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Delta International Langauge Schools 2nd Preparatory stage 1st Term Poetry Bed in summer "By: Robert Louis

Stevenson" The main idea of the poem: The weather in England causes some problems to the children who have to follow a certain system in their life. The sun rises late in winter and sets late in summer. The children cannot en oy the beauty of nature because of weather conditions in England. Stanza (1) !n winter ! get up at night" #nd dress by yellow candle light. !n summer" $uite the other way" ! have to go to bed by day Paraphrase !n this stan%a" the poet describes the weather in England. In winter, the sun doesn&t shine until it is late in the morning. So" when the poet gets up in the morning it seems as if it is at night because of the dar'ness. The poet has to use a candle light (which is really bad) to get dressed. In summer, it is $uite the opposite" the sun doesn&t set until late at night. So" when the poet goes to bed" it is still daylight. !t seems as if he goes to bed by day. Figures of Speech ontrasts: *inter get up night + + + summer go to bed day

!etaphor: I have to go to bed by day !n fact it is not by day" but the poet wants to show us how early he goes to bed: "hyme Scheme: a a # #$

Stanza (2) ! have to go to bed and see The birds still hopping on the tree" ,r hear the grown-up people&s feet Still going past me in the street Paraphrase !n this stan%a" the poet says he has to go to bed early in summer day. .e can still see the birds umping happily on the trees and hear the footsteps of the people passing under his window. Figures of Speech Personification: The birds still hopping on the tree, The poet personifies the birds as some children umping. "hyme Scheme: c c d d Stanza (3) #nd does it not seem hard to you *hen all the s'y is clear and blue #nd should li'e so much to play To have to go to bed by day / Paraphrase !n this stan%a" the poet says it&s unfair to have to go to bed early when the s'y is clear and blue and everything around him is so beautiful instead of playing and having fun. Figures of Speech %lliteration: "to have to go to bed by day/ " /t/ is repeated three times in this line. "hyme Scheme: e e f f In this poem, the poet is complaining here about having to get up early in winter when it is still dar' and having to go to bed early in summer instead of en oying the beautiful weather.

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