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This week, we will be basing our work on the poem: Daffodils by William Wordsworth. This is a famous poem, written by Wordsworth after he went for a walk along a river in the Lake District. He was inspired by the beautiful daffodils he saw there.


Listen to the poem below, then answer the comprehension questions. 

Daffodils by William Wordsworth


Visit the website below to find out about rhyming schemes (rhyming patterns) in poetry. Then complete the activity sheet below. 


William Wordsworth uses a lot of old fashioned vocabulary in his poem, which can be tricky to understand. Use the sheet below to help you make sense of some of these new words. 


Poets often use lots of figurative language in their writing as it helps to paint a really powerful image in the readers mind. Literal language is when we say exactly what we mean. For example: It's going to rain. Figurative language is when we use a phrase or saying that does not mean exactly what it says For example: It's raining cats and dogs! 


William Wordsworth uses lots of figurative language in the poem Daffodils, including similes, personification and hyperbole to exaggerate how great the daffodils are and help us to picture how beautiful his view was.


Use the poster below to remind yourself of different figurative language techniques, then try the activity sheet. 


Today you will be writing your own poem - inspired by nature, just like William Wordsworth. Go for a walk, look around your garden or think of something in nature that inspires you (plants, insects, rainbows, waterfalls etc).


Use the structure of the 'Daffodils' poem to help you - take each line and edit it to fit with your chosen idea. Your poem does not have to rhyme, but you can give it a go if you want. Try to do at least 2 verses, but you can do more if you want. 



I had a go at this challenge myself! I was inspired by the bluebells in my garden that you can see above. I found it hard to make the poem rhyme to start with. You will see that my first draft doesn't rhyme, but it does follow a similar structure and rhythm to 'Daffodils'. I then re-drafted and edited my poem to try and follow the same ABABCC rhyming scheme. 

Give it a go, be creative and have a play around with words. The nice thing about poetry is that it doesn't have to follow the same strict rules as normal writing so you have more freedom to do exactly what you want! When you have finished, try performing your poem aloud - this is what poetry is all about; it's made to be heard. I'd love to see videos of you performing your poetry - Good luck! :)