Slate comes from a collection of poetry in which Morgan considers the enormous changes that have already affected Scotland through the millennia as well as imagining those which have yet to come.
Which important political event influenced “Slate” and the other poems in this collection?
The election of a Conservative Government
The end of apartheid in South Africa
The Scottish Referendum of 1979 when Scots were denied devolution
Which of the statements below describe two features of a sonnet?
They contain 2 quatrains and are written in iambic tetrameter
They are 14 lines long and written in iambic pentameter
They are 10 lines long and contain 5 sets of couplets
What is the rough translation of the German Epigraph which accompanies this collection of poetry?
O changing times! Hope of the people
The people will conquer
We hope for better things
Who are the “we” referred to throughout this poem?
Some kind of extra-terrestrial being
The personification of Scotland itself
Which technique is employed in the phrase “seas plunder/faults”?
Which two geographical locations are mentioned in the poem?
Bute and Lewis
Gigha and Glencoe
Staffa and Lewis
Which technique is employed in the phrase “might streak, surely strike/seldom stroke”?
How does the poet create a turning point in line 10 of the poem?
He takes a new stanza
He repeats the first line of the poem
He uses two short sentence to change the pace and tempo of the poem
What does the poet suggest is the difference between the landscape of Scotland and a rainbow?
That the colours of the rainbow are garish compared to the sober colours of Scotland
That although rainbows are pretty they are fleeting, while Scotland is timeless
That we do not associate rainbows with Scotland
What are the two main themes explored in this poem?
Oppression and hope
Nature and change
Mortality and remembrance