July Man: Margaret Avison

A while ago my IB students wrote practice unseens on this poem. They found it very difficult to approach – as did I. Slightly chastened, I wrote my own commentary. I am sending this to them to mark for themselves, not because I think it is brilliant – I don’t, but because I hope it will model some good practice whilst trying not to make the whole poem fit into some pre-conceived ideas such as the poem being “about” global warming.
As is right for IB HL students I allowed myself 2 hours for this task and have included a copy of my original notes with the essay.

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