Basking Shark

1

MacCaig employs a regular rhythm and rhyme scheme in this poem. Why do you think he does this?

2

What is unusual about the title and the rest of the poem?

3

What is the rock mentioned in the opening line?

4

What is unusual about the word slounge?

5

How is a link created between the first and second stanza?

6

Which two techniques are contained within the phrase a sea tin-tacked with rain?

7

The shark is described as a room sized monster with a matchbox brain. Which technique has the poet used here?

8

The final stanza opens with the question So who’s the monster? Why do you think the poet does this?

9

Why does the speaker grow pale at the end of the poem?

10

For twenty seconds while, sail after sail/The tall fin slid away and then the tail How does the poet emphasise the slow, leisurely motion of the shark in these lines?