A Valediction: Forbidden Mourning Metaphor Activity
- 7 pages
- Subject: Metaphor, Simile, Lesson Plans and Educational Resources
- Common Core Standards: RL.11-12.1, RL.11-12.4, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.4
John Donne, the most famous of the “Metaphysical Poets,” penned this poem in 1611 for his pregnant wife Anne shortly before leaving the country. True to his wide-ranging, imaginative style, Donne describes their parting using a litany of elaborate metaphors: death, astronomy, alchemy, gilding, and the sweeping movements of a drafting compass.
Skills: analysis, drawing inferences from text, close reading, identifying the relationship between words
About This Document
The Owl Eyes Analyzing Metaphor activity gives students an opportunity to practice examining and analyzing metaphors. Students will engage with specific selections of the text and work collaboratively to identify the vehicle, tenor, and implications of each metaphor. The main components include the following:
- A brief introduction to the text
- A detailed handout on metaphor types
- A step-by-step guide to activity procedure
- A detailed answer key for teachers
In completing this worksheet, students will learn to classify and analyze different kinds of metaphors in order to develop close reading skills and draw deeper inferences from the text.