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.
Eccentricity and Sound - Edith Sitwell
Jane Anderson uses two poems by Edith Sitwell to offer ways into looking at her fascinating, innovative style, and gives suggestions for creative responses. At a glance: reading, writing, literacy, confidence, sound.
WWI Poetry and the Home Front (Secondary Level)
Using Marian Allen's First World War poem 'The Wind on the Downs', and Linda Hughes' new animation, we explore the poetry of those people left at home during the First World War.
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.