Ballad of the Tempest

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Introduction

Ballad of the Tempest by James T Fields describes the experiences of a ship crew as they go through a storm. The poem has a religious theme as the sailors being reminded of God alleviates their fears of dying in the storm.

Concept Map

Text of the poem

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Idea of the poem

Core Meaning

Alternative interpretations

Context of the poem

About the Author

James Thomas Fields (December 31, 1817 – April 24, 1881) was an American publisher, editor, and poet.He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on December 31, 1817 and named James Field; the family later added the "s". His father was a sea captain and died before Fields was three. He and his brother were raised by their mother and her siblings, their aunt Mary and uncle George. At the age of 14, Fields took a job at the Old Corner Bookstore in Boston as an apprentice to publishers Carter and Hendee. His first published poetry was included in the Portsmouth Journal in 1837 but he drew more attention when, on September 13, 1838, he delivered his "Anniversary Poem" to the Boston Mercantile Library Association.

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Transacting the text

Language appreciation

Meaning making

Pictures/ video clips are an interesting way of assisting students to comprehend a poem. A picture helps in creating a visual memory and can also help in understanding new words.

Vocabulary

Figures of speech

A figure of speech is the use of a word or words diverging from its usual meaning. It can also be a special repetition, arrangement or omission of words with literal meaning, or a phrase with a specialized meaning not based on the literal meaning of the words in it, as in idiom, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, or personification. Figures of speech often provide emphasis, freshness of expression, or clarity. However, clarity may also suffer from their use, as any figure of speech introduces an ambiguity between literal and figurative interpretation. A figure of speech is sometimes called a rhetorical figure or a locution. To know more click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_of_speech

Additional resources

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Assessment

Ask the learners to write a short paragraph using the hints given below.

Hints:

  • What is the poem about?
  • Which is the most striking image and why?