Knowledge: Describe the chronological and geographical setting of the poem.

Comprehension: Translate the poem into everyday ("Canadian") language in paragraph form.

Application: Use your knowledge of religion to explain the significance of the setting of the opening stanza.

Analysis: Discuss the significance of the date of the poem's publication.

Synthesis: Organize the poem into two speaking voices: how can this poem be turned into a dramatic text for such a reading?

Textual: How may one relate this poem to the opening scene of Hamlet?

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