Good morning Year 4,
We hope you had a lovely weekend.
Read the poem below and answer the questions below in full sentences, where possible. Remember to use the text to support your answers. Happy Reading!
My Shadow by Robert Louis Stephenson
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be use of him is more than I can see,
He is very, very like me from heels up to the head,
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow –
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For sometimes he shoots up taller like an india – rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.
He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way,
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as the shadow sticks to me.
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
Questions in response to the text:
- Who is he in the poem?
- Find and copy two examples of similes in the poem?
- Use the text to explain what a coward is? How do you know?
- How does the narrator describe how the children grow?
- Does the language suggest the poem is modern or old? Give two examples to support your answer.