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War Poetry

 

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75 pages of detailed, ready-formatted notes on and task sheets war poetry, based on many years of teaching it to Year 12. 

 

Focuses on the poetry of World War 1 and that of the 1960s anti-war movement. 

 

 

I know plenty of material is already available; what I offer is the convenience of classroom-ready, photocopiable material, with answers provided, written by an experienced teacher.  Save yourself hours of valuable time.

Contents:

 

Introduction

3

Suggested approach

4

Brief History of World War 1

5

Cost of the War

9

Poetry of World War 1

10

The Poet's Choice: Sassoon: 'Base Details'

11

Phase 1: The Illusion

13

'For the Fallen'

14

Rupert Brooke

15

Brooke: 'The Dead'

16

Brooke: 'The Soldier'

18

Phase 2: Reality

21

Siegfried Sassoon

22

'The Rear-Guard'

23

'Does It Matter?'

26

'The General'

29

Prose or Poetry

31

Phase 3: the Aftermath

32

'Memorial Tablet'

32

Sassoon: A Summary

35

Wilfred Owen

36

'Dulce et Decorum Est'

37

'Futility'

40

'Anthem for Doomed Youth'

44

'The Parable of the Old Man and the Young'

48

'The Next War'

51

Owen: a Summary

53

Sassoon and Owen: a Summary Comparison

54

Protest Poetry

55

Understanding the Vietnam War & the Anti-war Movement

57

Protest Poetry Worksheets

59

Roger McGough Worksheet

63

McGough: 'Why Patriots are a Bit Nuts in the Head

65

Adrian Henri: 'Great War Poems'

66

Planning and Writing Essay Answers

67

Analysing Poetry

72

Unit Outline

75

Appendices: Poems

 

CD Extras:  Literary Terms; text of poems; 1920 review of Owen's poetry; Protest poetry; picture gallery of maps, paintings, posters, photographs

 

 

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