A library of free downloadable teaching resources is available from our Poetryclass website, including both historical and contemporary poetry on the Great War. We’ve gathered them together here – just click the links below to download PDFs with all the information.
- Rhythm and Pace in War Poetry by Roshan Doug. Looking at iambic pentameter, structure, syllables and rhythm, for KS2 & 3.
- War Horse and WWI Poetry, developed in collaboration with National Theatre Learning. Looking at nature, rhythm, drama and comparing texts, for KS3 & 4.
- The Clothes that escaped the Great War by Patricia McCarthy. Looking at letter poems, the supernatural, creating characters and history, for KS3 & 4.
- WWI Poetry and the Home Front, for Primary level (simile & metaphor, feelings & emotions, loss and memory for KS2) or Secondary level (sonnets, figurative texts, iambic pentameter and comparing texts for KS3, 4 & 5), based on Marian Allen’s ‘The Wind on the Downs’
We worked closely with the team organising the Department for Education’s Centenary Battlefield Tours programme to help students and teachers use poetry to appreciate the situations of individual soldiers during the conflict. Try the resources above for some starting ideas.
If you’d like more information on how you can use poetry as part of your school’s tour then please contact us.
Poems on School Walls
We teamed up with TenNine to use spare advertising space on school walls to display well-known First World War poems. The first poets included are Rupert Brooke, WB Yeats, Jessie Pope, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and John McCrae.
How we can help
If you are a school or organisation looking to mark the centenary then get in touch and find out how we can help you use poetry in your commemorations.