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"Erosion" by E.J. Pratt

Grade 9-10 Poetry Lesson Plan

Stefan Rowe

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of "Erosion" by E.J. Pratt

Erosion by E.J. Pratt

It took the sea a thousand years,
A thousand years to trace
The granite features of this cliff,
In crag and scarp and base.

It took the sea an hour one night,
An hour of storm to place
The sculpture of these granite seams
Upon a woman's face. 1.) Why does the poet choose to compare a woman’s face to a cold and rocky cliff?

2.) What is the rhyme scheme of this poem?

3.) Why do you think that E.J. Pratt, a native Newfoundlander, would choose to write a poem about the power of the sea? (Be sure to support your answer with reasoning.)
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