Sugarloaf - Friday
as red as a fox, your lips, a cherry;
that fire, they said spread and spread and spread,
faster than a cheetah or a nasty rumour;
that fire, they said, was hot, so hot, so hot,
hotter than lava or an African summer.That fire, they said, was angry, very angry.
For three roaring days, it danced wildly, wildly, wildly.
Wild as flamenco, strip the willow, a Highland fling.
That fire, they said, had a big bad mouth,
swearing, spluttering, ‘Bring it on! Bring it on!’That fire, they said, wolfed down the lot –
the lovely little homes, the trees, the land.
That fire, they said, left nothing behind at all:
one blackened trail, one sad scorched story.
This poem features a lot of repetition. Why do you think the author included this?
Identify the rhyme scheme in the poem "Bush Fire". *remember rhyme schemes are named with letters- ex. AABB.
Find an example of personification in the poem.
Find an example of a hyperbole in the poem.
Find an example of a simile.
Can you identify another poetic device from the list below in the poem?
Can you identify the authors message in this poem? What is the main idea?
Poetic Devices Glossary
Alliteration – repetition of the sound at a beginning of a word (Peter’s perfect pens)
Imagery – words so descriptive they create a picture in the reader’s mind
Metaphor – an image created by referring to something as something else (He is a pig)
Onomatopoeia – words that sound like their meaning (crash/bang/pop)
Personification – giving an object human qualities (the wind whistled)
Repetition – words/phrases/sentences and structures repeated
Rhyme/Rhythm – the use of rhyming words to give the poem a beat
Simile – a comparison of two things using ‘like’ and ‘as’ (as cold as ice)
Hyperbole- an exaggeration
Writing Task: To create your own poem. You will be either building on the first verse you created yesterday or starting a new poem of your choice.
Step 1: Brainstorm
You can write a poem about anything. Take some time to make a list of things that interest you.
Step 2: Organise your thinking
Step 3: Write a rough draft of your poem.
My poem follows a specific rhyme scheme.
My poem contains 3 verses- each with 4 lines.
My poem contains at least 3 poetic devices.
My poem follows one theme throughout (example: football, nature, family)
Check that you have met each of the points on the success criteria after you have written your rough draft. You can then complete a good copy. Please send finished product to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday!
Have a lovely weekend year 5's! Make sure to get outside and get some exercise and fresh air.