The Letter from Goslar Educational: Putting the Jigsaw Together

Educational Use

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NOTE: The poetry is entered on the front and back of the same sheet not across the facing page.

Alternatively, you can load this PDF version of the transcription to print off A4 copies for classroom use.

The letter from Goslar can be used to encourage pupils to work together with the different pieces of it and so to approach poetry in an unusual way.


Given below are two blank pages for the "Goslar Jigsaw" and two pages with the parts separated to be cut up. Both of these can be printed off and photocopied or enlarged by the teacher. The original manuscript document can also be printed off from the website for final work on the poem text.

NOTE: Although the two pages are presented alongside each other here they are actually entered on the front and back of the same side of the letter.

1. Pupils are put into small groups to work together. The teacher can decide which page to use and whether to use both or not.

a. First they must re-construct the letter. Each pupil is given one section and they must work together to sort out the arrangement. If pupils have difficulty the blank version of either page can be used to help them.

Once they have done this they can then answer the questions below:

b. About the Letter

How do you know this document is a letter?

Who is it from?

What does it contain?

Where do you think the writer might be?

What is the purpose of the letter? How well do you think the writer knows the person being written to? Why do you think this?

c. About the Poetry

How does the letter-form affect your response to the poetry? What difference does it make to read the poem in this context?

Why is the poetry copied here?

How important is Coleridge to Wordsworth do you think, as the first reader of this poetry?

Fitting the Pieces Together

Below the pieces of the letter with their contents are separated ready to be slotted together. On this page two blanks are provided to make sense of the pieces. These can be given out to help pupils if necessary.

NOTE: 3 and 3b are represented here as two separate blocks but in fact 3b runs over from 3 onto the middle part of the letter. In the cut out blocks the large address rectangle must overlap with the text on 3/3b.