Category: Poetry

‘Messages‘ is the theme for this year’s National Poetry Day. The event has been running since 1994, although it was only in 1999 that they started adopting annual themes (last year’s was ‘Light’). It’s an excellent opportunity to celebrate the …

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When I’m not blogging, marking, lesson planning, creating classroom posters, arguing with people online about literature, or sometimes even reading books, I surf like everyone else does.  Thing is, my surfing takes me directions that I usually end up wanting …

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It’s not long ago that someone asked me what was the point of poetry. Today, I think, recalling the World Trade Centre attacks 15 years ago, is one of the occasions I talked about in my response – times when, …

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A week ago, when writing about Siegfried Sassoon‘s death in 1973, I promised to give an example of his work commemorate his birth, which was on 08 September 1886.

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Back in the dim distant past of July I posted a couple of haiku to celebrate the end of term. We teachers return to school today, so I decided to commemorate the occasion, if not quite celebrate it! If you …

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There are two important anniversaries today: again a birth and a death.  In 1797 Mary Shelley was born, and in 2013, Seamus Heaney died.

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Today we commemorate the death of William Blake in London in 1827.  An undoubtedly talented man, Blake was not just a poet, but an artist and printmaker too.  Despite this, his real recognition has come after his death: some of …

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On this day in 1922 the poet Philip Larkin was born in the Midlands.

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Another occasion when I may find it hard to restrain myself – today I’m singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who was born in 1809.  Anyone I’ve taught from Y9 upwards is likely to know that he’s a literary …

Literary Anniversaries: 06 August Read More »

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I wrote in early July about Percy Bysshe Shelley and Ozymandias, to commemorate the anniversary of his early death.  Today we can celebrate his birth in 1792 …

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