“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
The child under the piano is the
The poet wants to re-experience
The past is stronger than the
What predictions are you making about this poem? ____________________________
From Silver, H.F., Reilly, E.C., & Perini, M.J. (2009). The thoughtful education guide to reading for meaning. Thousand Oaks, CA:
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]