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					                                        “Reading for Meaning” Organizer for

                                               “Piano” by D. H. Lawrence1
Essential (Guiding) Question: Is my memory in charge of me?

Phase I: Preview the following statements and make some predictions about the poem “The Piano.”

         Evidence For                             Statements                             Evidence Against
                                       There are two singers in the
                                       poem.




                                       The child under the piano is the
                                       poet.




                                       The poet wants to re-experience
                                       his childhood




                                       The past is stronger than the
                                       present.




What predictions are you making about this poem? ____________________________

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1
 From Silver, H.F., Reilly, E.C., & Perini, M.J. (2009). The thoughtful education guide to reading for meaning. Thousand Oaks, CA:
Corwin.
                                              Piano

                                    By D.H. Lawrence (1918)


Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;

Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see

A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings

And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.


In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song

Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong

To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside

And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.


So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour

With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour

Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast

Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.



Phase II:    Go back and complete the organizer. [Active Reading]

Phase III:   Find a partner and share your interpretations and evidence. [Discuss]

Phase IV:    Thinking about the EQ, write briefly about what Lawrence might have

             wanted to say in this poem and what you think about it. [Synthesize]

Phase V:     Reflect on and summarize how your pre-reading predictions changed, evolved,

             or were confirmed by the text. [Evaluate]

				
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