Ombre - Apollinaire

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Ombre - Apollinaire

Contributor: Bernard Clark

Language of text: French
Type of text: Poem
Author or source: Guillaume Apollinaire
Intended age of students: Key Stage 4
Source reference: Text and translations can be found at

Attached files:
Text and translation.

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Ombre + translation.docxNo description14.04 kBInfo

Give title, 'Ombre', and get class to find synonyms in French and English.

Search for unknown words.Group related words.
Read out loud. Find internal rhymes and look for assonance and alliteration. Focus on pronunciation.
Look for repeated words. Look at layout of poem.
When was poem written and who was the author? Who is being addressed? Give the date and biography of author.
Get class to learn lines off by heart.

Use as example of French Great War poetry.
Focus on poetic techniques and use of sound for effect.

Learning poem off by heart.
Study life of Apollinaire as part of background to Great War studies.

Topics or themes:
Cross-curricular links with history any time in years 9 and 10, linking the two subjects.

Complex negatives
2nd person plural of present tense.


How much time required:
2 lessons

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