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Escape at Bedtime

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This poem is all about stars. Read the poem a few times and find all the ways the poet has described the night sky.

In the second verse Robert Louis Stevenson names different constellations of stars, e.g. the Plough and the Hunter. Find out more about these constellations so you can visualise the images in the poem.

Think about the words the poet uses to describe the light of the stars - 'glittered' and 'winked' and 'shining' and 'bright'. What clues are here to show how the poet feels about the stars and the night sky? How could you reflect this mood in the way you speak the poem aloud?

A 'simile' describes a phrase that compares two things and normally includes the words 'like' or 'as'. A famous one about stars you might know is in 'Twinkle twinkle little star', where the star is like a diamond in the sky.

To go further, you could create your own poetic images of stars. Try creating four similes of your own, two about the moon and two about the stars. Use your images to write your own poem about the night sky.

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The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out
Through the blinds and the windows and bars;
And high overhead and all moving about,
There were thousands of millions of stars.
There ne’er were such thousands of leaves on a tree,
Nor of people in church or the Park,
As the crowds of the stars looked down upon me,
And that glittered and winked in the dark.

The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shone in the sky, and the pail by the wall
Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
And the stars going round in my head.

Escape at Bedtime

by Robert Louis Stevenson