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Lesson 20: Epitaph: The Clockmaker

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Here lies,

in a horizontal position,

the outside case of

Thomas Hinde,

Clock and Watch-maker,

Who departed this life, wound up in hope of

being taken in hand by his Maker, and being

thoroughly cleaned, repaired, and set a-going

in the world to come,

On the 15th of August, 1836,

In the 19th year of his age.

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Lesson 20: Epitaph: The Clockmaker

by Unknown


Study the poem for one week.

Over the week:

  • Read the poem each day.
  • Review the synopsis.
  • Read about the poetic form.
  • Complete the enrichment activities.


Thomas Hinde was a young clockmaker who passed away at the age of 19. His epitaph is a metaphor comparing Thomas Hinde to a broken clock that will be repaired by a higher power.


Poems often adhere to specific poetic forms, defined as 'poems following distinct sets of rules.'

The nine poetic forms we'll study include the:

  1. Sijo: A lyrical Korean poetic form of three long lines.
  2. Haiku: A Japanese poem of three lines and a total of seventeen syllables.
  3. Limerick: A humorous poem of five lines and the rhyming scheme AABBA, typically having syllables of 9–9–6–6–9.
  4. Sonnet: A poetic form of fourteen lines that follow one of a few common rhyming schemes.
  5. Epitaph: A poem honoring the deceased, engraved on a burial marker or tomb.
  6. Acrostic
  7. Visual
  8. Ode
  9. Blank Verse

Epitaphs follow the listed rules:

  1. Honor the deceased
  2. Relatively short - the shorter the better
  3. Inscribed on a burial marker or tomb


Activity 1: Recite the Poem Title, Poet Name, and Poem

  • Each day this week, recite aloud the title of the poem, the name of the poet, and the poem.

Activity 2: Study the Poem Picture

Study the poem picture and describe how it relates to the poem.

Activity 3: Narrate the Poem

  • After reading the poem, narrate the poem events aloud using your own words.

Activity 4: Map the Poem

  • The lesson epitaph was engraved on a headstone in the Bolsover churchyard in Derbyshire, United Kingdom.
  • Find the city of Derby within Derbyshire on the map of the United Kingdom.

Activity 5: Identify the Metaphors in the Examples

Read aloud the metaphors below. Note that metaphors make a comparison like a simile but do not use 'as' and 'like.'

  • Her fingernails were sharpened scissors. (fingernails compared to scissors)
  • His nose was a sharp-peaked mountain. (nose compared to mountain)
  • The mower tamed the overgrown jungle entangling the backyard. (yard/grass compared to jungle)
  • The fairy princess twirled in her Halloween costume. (person compared to fairy princess)
  • Her runny nose was a faucet. (runny nose compared to faucet)

Activity 6: Complete Book Activities   

  • Click the crayon above, and complete page 23 of 'Elementary Poetry 6: Poetic Forms.'


  1. Andrews, William. Curious Epitaphs. London. Little, William Andrews and Company, 1899.
  2. 'Epitaph.' Wikipedia. Wikipedia.org. n.p.