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Assessment Task in Room 15

They timidly enter the room
Each face reflecting their inner turmoil
of a first assessment task
Wishing they had never heard the name
" Peter Skrzynecki"
Whose words they have dissected
and discussed like a litany for the past two months
Some enthused, some appalled
Some frightened, whereas a few
seem somehow exempted from it all
" Leaving Home"
"Migarnt Hostel"
The words stream in
as the brain connects
and unscrambles
and the pen directed writes
Their essay, their exposition
Their first assessment task of the year!

About this poem

This poem I wrote while supervising my English Advanced Students as they completed their first assessment task for the HSC- in this case it was analysing the poems of Peter Skrzynecki an Australian poet.

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Written on February 12, 1992

Submitted by taminator2016 on January 17, 2023

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 534
Words 89
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 19

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  • dougb.72572
    This poem about the frightening essay for class seems like a random impromptu encounter, given some enticing choices of words. By a relaxed storyteller. I like it all but at first reading I felt some awkwardness about my ignorance regarding that Australian poet and the way he writes. Four stars…Doug Blair, Kitchener, Canada. 
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