Highwayman - Narrative Poem

Highwayman - Narrative Poem


RL 7 Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).

Read the poem on p. of your textbook. Write down some of your initial impressions of the poem in your journal.

Watch the video and answer the related questions to compare and contrast the different versions of the same poem.

Highwayman Video

Answer the questions on the handout using evidence from the text to support each of your answers.


1.What similarities do you see between the written poem and the video?  Think about the images that popped into your head while you were reading it and take those and compare it to the video version.  Use examples from both to explain your meaning.


2. What differences do you see between the written poem and the video?  Think about the images that popped into your head while you were reading it and take those and contrast it to the video version. Use examples from both to explain your meaning.


3. Analyze the sounds in the movie clip.  List what sounds you heard and why you think the director wanted the audience to hear them.  (Example:  Hooves galloping, guns shot, etc.)


4. Would there have been a difference if this film clip was in black and white instead of color?  Why or why not?  Explain with details from the film.


5.  Why do you think the director zoomed in for close ups and zoomed out for wide shots in this film?  Give an example for why the director chose to do a close up and why they chose to do a wide shot in your opinion.  (For example, we see a wide shot looking through the window at Bess’s dead and bloody body.  Who could be looking through that window?  If it had been close up, it wouldn’t have been the same).  Use examples from the text to back up your reasoning.  

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