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My Parents Kept me from Children who were Rough My parents kept me from children who were rough And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes.

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1 My Parents Kept me from Children who were Rough My parents kept me from children who were rough And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes. Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams. I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron And their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms. I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys Who copied my lisp behind me on the road. They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud And I looked another way, pretending to smile. I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled. S tephen Spender

2 My Parents Kept me from Children who were Rough My parents kept me from children who were rough And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes. Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams. I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron And their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms. I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys Who copied my lisp behind me on the road. They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud And I looked another way, pretending to smile. I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled. S tephen Spender These words are verbs – doing words. They relate to the ‘rough children’s’ behaviour. How would you summarise their behaviour?

3 My Parents Kept me from Children who were Rough My parents kept me from children who were rough And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes. Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams. I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron And their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms. I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys Who copied my lisp behind me on the road. They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud And I looked another way, pretending to smile. I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled. S tephen Spender These words describe the ‘rough children’s’ appearance. What does this suggest about their lives?

4 My Parents Kept me from Children who were Rough My parents kept me from children who were rough And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes. Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams. I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron And their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms. I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys Who copied my lisp behind me on the road. They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud And I looked another way, pretending to smile. I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled. S tephen Spender These words describe the child kept away from the ‘rough children’. What does this suggest about the child?

5 My Parents Kept me from Children who were Rough My parents kept me from children who were rough And who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes. Their thighs showed through rags. They ran in the street And climbed cliffs and stripped by the country streams. I feared more than tigers their muscles like iron And their jerking hands and their knees tight on my arms. I feared the salt coarse pointing of those boys Who copied my lisp behind me on the road. They were lithe, they sprang out behind hedges Like dogs to bark at our world. They threw mud And I looked another way, pretending to smile. I longed to forgive them, yet they never smiled. S tephen Spender These words are similes – a descriptive comparison that uses the words ‘like’, ‘as’ or ‘than’. What does each of them suggest?


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