What is a Golden Shovel? with Peter Kahn
Poet and educator Peter Kahn has been teaching his students to write Golden Shovels for years. This “21st century sonnet” was created by Terrance Hayes when he used each word in Gwendolyn Brooks’ iconic poem ‘We Real Cool’ as part of his own poem.
Peter guides you through this exciting new form and encourages your students to create poems inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks, other poets, songwriters, film-makers and more!
‘Dulce et Decorum est’ and intertextuality in Wilfred Owen
Peter Olive & Xavier Murray-Pollock use Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum est’ as a springboard for discussion about the role and implications of allusion in poetry, also involving a discussion of Roman poet Horace's Odes.
W.B. Yeats - The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Jane Anderson explores one of W.B. Yeats best-loved poems, focussing on his use of sound and rhythm. At a glance: descriptive language, imagery, sound, performance.
Teaching the Reading of Poetry
Mandy Coe provides tips and ideas for how to enthuse your class about reading poetry. At a glance: reading, writing, literacy, confidence, sound.
War poetry and WW2 poetry
This resource explores war poetry, Second World War poetry and longer poems, and includes an analysis of Timothy Corsellis' poem 'Dawn After the Raid'. This resource supports Young Poets Network's annual Timothy Corsellis Prize.
Foyle Lesson Plan: Poetry, mythology and fairy tales
Katherine Whittington explores the reinvention of classic myths and legends in poetry using Foyle winner Isla Anderson's poem about Prometheus. At a glance: mythology, fairy tales, rhyme, structure, writing in another voice.
How do poets use language
Joseph Coelho uses his poem to help students understand how detailed use of language can open up new meanings and impact the poem. At a glance: literary heritage poets, comparing texts, comprehension, figurative texts, friends and family.