Oil painting of John Keats on Hampstead Heath listening with a background of trees.

A thing of beauty: Rachel Piercey on Keats's life and works

As part of a season of activity celebrating 200 years of John Keats's legacy, poet Rachel Piercey explores the life and works of Keats through some of the paintings and objects in the collection of Keats House, London. This resource is aimed at KS4 and KS5.

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Image: Keats Listening to the Nightingale on Hampstead Heath by Joseph Severn. Oil painting, 1849. Image courtesy of Keats House, City of London, K/PZ/05/015.

Drawing of Keats

Amy Davis on John Keats’s ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’

As part of a season of activity celebrating 200 years of John Keats's legacy, Teacher Trailblazer Amy Davis looks closely at ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’. She offers ways to analyse the poet's techniques as well as exploring literary allusions, critical views, the poem's afterlife in art, and some prompts for creative responses. This resource is aimed at KS5.

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Illustration by Linda Hughes

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

In collaboration with the Watts Gallery and their exhibition Christina Rossetti: Vision and Verse we are exploring one of Christina Rossetti's most famous poems Goblin Market. This resource is designed for A Level students. Topics at a glance include sisterhood, consumerism, Marxism, feminism and literary critical theories. Written by Romanticism expert Dr Bethan Roberts with additional support from The Poetry Society and Watts Gallery. 

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Picture this

John Glenday discusses how using images – prints, portraits, photographs, even objects – can be a wonderfully effective source of inspiration for writing poems. At a glance: art, creating characters, quick exercises. 

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'The Big Push' - modern WWI poetry

Poet John Glenday explores his poem 'The Big Push' and guides through creating their own First World War poems. At a glance: First World War poetry, film, visual art, contemporary responses the conflict.

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Foyle Lesson Plan: Poems inspired by Art

Ashley Smith uses a Foyle Young Poets winning poem to show students the relationship between a poem and a piece of art which inspired it. At a glance: art, description, narrative, perspective, imagery, the senses.

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Poetry from portraits

Cheryl Martin uses visual stimuli as the basis for writing poems. At a glance: art, writing in another voice, history, celebrating difference, the senses.

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Intensive writing

Peter Samson helps pupils practice observational writing by letting details speak for themselves.  At a glance: art, imagery, poetry of place, quick exercise, using adjectives.

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