Category: Poetry

“Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.” You can probably tell from this Literary Anniversaries series that this is something I’ve been interested in for a while.  It’ll come as no surprise that …

Literary Anniversaries: 08 November Read More »

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We rightly look back on the beginnings of wars, and celebrate the ends of them. What might we think about in terms of 1916? This week’s poem was chosen to match the Remembrance Day commemorations later this week.  I’ve already …

Poem Of The Week: 07 November 2016 Read More »

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                    I really like this poem by Lexi – one of two I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. There’s a great use of repetition, which subtly changes at the end …

Student Excellence: Lexi Brockbank (Y11) Read More »

We remember the lives of two very different writers today. ‘Tragedy’ and the ‘tragic’ are over-used words, descriptions I tend to avoid unless teaching Shakespeare.  How do we define something as tragic?  Perhaps Wilfred Owen’s death at the age of …

Literary Anniversaries: 04 November Read More »

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Today, in 1795, the Romantic poet John Keats was born.  I seem to be writing a LOT about writers who died young at the moment.  We regularly talk about early deaths being ‘tragic’, but I think that in the case …

Literary Anniversaries: 31 October Read More »

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Today sees us kicking off a new series … Poem Of The Week.  Please check back every Monday to see what the weekly poem is.  Better still – suggest a poem for the series! As well as the wonderful short …

Poem Of The Week: 31 October 2016 Read More »

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All creative writers are probably aware that JK Rowling was famously rejected many times – in fact, one publishing house advised her to get a day job, as she wouldn’t make any money writing children’s books …  the rest, as …

Feeling rejected? You’re in good company … Read More »

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‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’  (Dylan Thomas) Today we celebrate the anniversaries of the births of two legendary modern poets, both of whom died in their 30s – far too early … If either Sylvia Plath (1932) or …

Literary Anniversaries: 27 October Read More »

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Is it inevitable that a song-writer would eventually win the Nobel Prize for Literature?  And if so, who else could win it other than Bob Dylan?

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Tennyson.  Died today in 1892. I could leave it there, or write a book …

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