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1914 | The Wilfred Owen Association ‘When I read that a shell fell into a group of 16 schoolboys and killed fifteen, I raved. Talk about rumours of wars and earthquakes in divers places… The beginning of the End must be ended, and the beginning of the middle of the end is now.’ Reading what Owen wrote to his mother on 21 December 1914 about the Germans’ shelling of Scarborough when sixteen died and 443 were wounded, to ascribe this sonnet to that same month seems entirely plausible. Hibberd suggests it was Owen’s first poem about the war, while Stallworthy puts it among the batch of sonnets Wilfred showed Sassoon on 21 August 1917. Only lines 5 and 7 break the otherwise regular iambic metre. The contrast between the diction on the octet (lines 1 - 8) and in the sestet (9 - 14) is very marked. ‘…the winter of the worldWith perishing great darkness closes in.’ Owen knew his Shelley. ‘This is the winter of the world; and hereWe die, even as the winds of Autumn fade…’ ‘Now is the winter of the world….’

National Poetry Month | Literacy Calendar April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about the National Poetry Month, get to know some of our most well-loved children's poets in our video interview series, browse the many online resources listed here, and visit your local library or bookstore to discover wonderful new books and anthologies. Poets on poetry Listen in as acclaimed children's writers like Marilyn Singer, Ashley Bryan, Jack Prelutsky, Mary Ann Hoberman, Nikki Grimes, and Janet Wong talk about reading poetry aloud and writing poetry. National Poetry Month resources National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. Bloggers in the kidlitosphere Kidlit bloggers are sharing poetry and poets in exciting new ways during National Poetry Month. 30 Poets/30 DaysThe GottaBook hosts the annual 30 Poets/30 Days project.

Welcome The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7,000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas. This is supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum, a separate archive of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, and a set of specially developed educational resources. Freely available to the public as well as the educational community, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a significant resource for studying the First World War and the literature it inspired. The Great War Archive was highly commended at the Times Higher Educational Awards 2008 for 'Outstanding ICT Initiative'

National Poetry Month and the National Writing Project Date: March 15, 2011 Summary: The National Writing Project offers an impressive array of resources to help teachers and students celebrate National Poetry Month, an annual 30-day event that celebrates and promotes the achievement of American poets. Charles Baudelaire once wrote, "Any healthy man can go without food for two days—but not without poetry." If he's right, April will be a very healthy time for those of us who choose to partake of the delicacies offered up by National Poetry Month Conceived in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, the annual 30-day event celebrates and promotes the achievement of American poets. A profusion of celebratory events will be held in every state, including readings by the famous and not so famous as they bring the pleasures of poetry to the public square (for an event near you, see the National Poetry Calendar). will be gifted with a daily poem in their email box. A significant part of the celebration will be Poem in Your Pocket Day River of Words U.S.

Writing About Poetry Summary: This section covers the basics of how to write about poetry. Including why it is done, what you should know, and what you can write about. Contributors:Purdue OWLLast Edited: 2010-04-21 08:27:54 Writing about poetry can be one of the most demanding tasks that many students face in a literature class. What's the Point? In order to write effectively about poetry, one needs a clear idea of what the point of writing about poetry is. So why would your teacher give you such an assignment? To help you learn to make a text-based argument. What Should I Know about Writing about Poetry? Most importantly, you should realize that a paper that you write about a poem or poems is an argument. What Can I Write About? Theme: One place to start when writing about poetry is to look at any significant themes that emerge in the poetry. Genre: What kind of poem are you looking at? Versification: Look closely at the poem's rhyme and meter. What style should I use?

Public Domain Poems - Selected Public Domain Poetry from the Great Public Domain Poets - Yeats, Shelley, Whitman, Frost,Tennyson,Wilde, Browning, Hardy and many more! Practical Criticism Activity 1. Browse and Collect Have small groups of students browse the Victorian Women Writers Project website to select 2 to 4 poems for commentary. Activity 2. Have students comment on one or two of the poems they have selected, following an adaptation of the procedure outlined by I. First, they should write a paraphrase of the poem, expressing in their own words its plain prose meaning. Activity 3. When they have completed their commentaries, have students discuss in small groups what they learned from the experience.

April is National Poetry Month! Grades 1 – 3 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Theme Poems: Using the Five Senses Students write theme poems in a flash using the picture book Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham and the online, interactive Theme Poems tool. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading Teach your students about sentence structure, rhyming words, sight words, vocabulary, and print concepts using a weekly poem. Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Composing Cinquain Poems with Basic Parts of Speech Reinforce student understanding of parts of speech through the analysis of sample cinquain poems followed by the creation of original cinquains. Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson What is Poetry? Students often find poetry frustrating and meaningless. Using Classic Poetry to Challenge and Enrich Students' Writing Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson Is a Sentence a Poem? Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Unit Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson

Place - 'In my country' by Jackie Kay and 'Geography lesson' by Brian Patten Alison Smith Introduction Both poems explore the importance of place: for Jackie Kay, it's about the importance of place to identity, whilst Brian Patten explores the idea of travelling without moving and of inspiring others. Whilst the latter poem seems much less complex on the surface, it is this notion that it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive that is significant. Objectives For students to: Understand and respond to the ideas, themes and issues in poems Appreciate the linguistic choices made by poets, and their effects Resources needed Poetry Archive recordings of Jackie Kay reading reading 'In My Country', and Brian Patten reading 'Geography Lesson' Whiteboard or screen linked to the Poetry Archive website for viewing the texts of the poems (or individual hard copies of the poems for students). Teaching sequence of activities Starter Lesson 1 - In My Country Write "where do you come from?" Development Plenary Lesson 1 Look at Jackie Kay's introduction to the poem. Further Reading