The Beasts of England
Kind of Activity:
Group and class dicusscion
to perform a close reading of the Animalism anthem
Analysis of the Song “The Beasts of England.” The song “The Beasts of England” serves as inspiration for the animals. It is a call to action for them to rebel against the humans, and it becomes the anthem for “Animalism.” Break students into seven groups, and assign each group one of the seven stanzas. Each group should do a close reading of their stanza, ideally with a printed copy that they can mark up. Groups should identify examples of figurative language and allusions to other patriotic texts, thinking about the element of...
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