English Poem


Read the poem ‘are you the river or am i’ by Shabbir Banoobhai before answering the questions that follow.

Remember that you can use an example from a poem only once; you cannot use the same example for each of your answers.

5. Refer to the poem as a whole.

5.1 The poet’s use of imagery contributes significantly to this poem’s meaning. What is the 

dominant imagery in this poem? Name the imagery, quote three words (each from a different stanza of your choice), and then describe why this imagery is effective. (5)

5.2 What is the theme of the poem? Give a reason for your answer, and quote from the poem

to support your answer. (2)

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