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My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough - Grade 8 Lesson

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Louis Pienaar

on 3 November 2013

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Transcript of My Parents Kept Me From Children Who Were Rough - Grade 8 Lesson

My Parents kept me from Children who were Rough
- Stephen Spender

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.

What kind of children are these?
"who threw words like stones and who wore torn clothes"
Can you literally throw a word?
Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but words will never harm me?
2. Explain the simile in line 2 of the poem.
1. Do you think these kids are wealthy? Use a quote to
prove your answer.
Can you explain the simile in line 5?

How would it be different if he compared
their muscles to marshmallows?
the speaker
being bullied?
I feared the
salt coarse pointing
of those boys
4. Can you find the
figure of speech
? Explain its
3. In 60 seconds, write down as many words
as you can that you
connect with the

Who can find the meaning of "lithe" first?
to bark at
5. What is the poet implying
about these children in this simile?
6. How could people live
in different "worlds"?
7. How do the children feel about
the speaker's world?
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