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Give and Take

Poem from All the Best by Roger McGough

I give you clean air

You give me poisonous gas.

I give you mountains

You give me quarries.


I give you pure snow

You give me acid rain.

I give you spring fountains

You give me toxic canals.


I give you a butterfly

You gave me a plastic bottle.

I give you a blackbird

You gave me a stealth bomber.


I give you abundance

You give me waste.

I give you one last chance

You give me excuse after excuse.


We have looked at the following poetic devices already: metaphor, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperbole. 

Can you identify any of these on the poem "Give and Take"? 


Today we are going to look at a new poetic device: refrain

In poetry, a refrain is a word, line or phrase that is repeated within the lines or stanzas of the poem itself.


Can you identify where refrain is used in the poem "Give and Take"?



You are going to be creating your own poem verse using refrain. 

You are free to write about whatever topic you choose. Brainstorm something that interests you, maybe summer, sports or your favourite food. If you would like you can stay on the theme of conservation. 


Success criteria: 

  • My poetry verse is 4 lines long.
  • My poem contains refrain that is repeated throughout the lines. 
  • My poem follows a rhyme scheme of my choice. (Remember this could be free verse- meaning no rhyme at all!) 
  • My poem contains at least one poetic device. (simile, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification). 


Can you include the Alan Peat sentence of the week: Noun, which/where/who. 


Extra Task: 


It's important to keep our bodies moving during this time. Here are some fun exercise videos you can do at home.