Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 6 – She Walks in Beauty Byron | susansenglish

Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 6 – She Walks in Beauty Byron | susansenglish

Byron is well known as a historical lothario figure, who loved women and had an impressive reputation with them. He was engaged at the time of writing this poem (about his cousin who he spotted at a funeral) and while the poem appears to be about love on the surface, there is a much subtler undertone and I think it is more about the intangible feelings that you get upon looking at someone beautiful. There is a suggestion that this poem is about Byron appreciating the aesthetic beauty of the female figure and less about falling in love.

How do I approach this poem?

I start with this very…

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Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 6 – She Walks in Beauty Byron | susansenglish

Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 6 – She Walks in Beauty Byron | susansenglish

Byron is well known as a historical lothario figure, who loved women and had an impressive reputation with them. He was engaged at the time of writing this poem (about his cousin who he spotted at a funeral) and while the poem appears to be about love on the surface, there is a much subtler undertone and I think it is more about the intangible feelings that you get upon looking at someone beautiful. There is a suggestion that this poem is about Byron appreciating the aesthetic beauty of the female figure and less about falling in love.

How do I approach this poem?

I start with this very…

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Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 5 – The Soldier by Rupert Brooke | susansenglish

Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 5 – The Soldier by Rupert Brooke | susansenglish

While I enjoy teaching this poem it can be difficult for the students to really dig under the surface and to develop a detailed exploration of the poem . It is a pretty straightforward propaganda poem, encouraging men to take responsibility and go to war. Brookes wrote it before the war and the harsh realities of what war was actually like had yet to become apparent, meaning that it has an idealistic tone and is arguably too sentimental as a result.

How do I approach this poem?

Again I start with connotations and get students to mind map what their knowledge, understanding and…

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Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 5 – The Soldier by Rupert Brooke | susansenglish

Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 5 – The Soldier by Rupert Brooke | susansenglish

While I enjoy teaching this poem it can be difficult for the students to really dig under the surface and to develop a detailed exploration of the poem . It is a pretty straightforward propaganda poem, encouraging men to take responsibility and go to war. Brookes wrote it before the war and the harsh realities of what war was actually like had yet to become apparent, meaning that it has an idealistic tone and is arguably too sentimental as a result.

How do I approach this poem?

Again I start with connotations and get students to mind map what their knowledge, understanding and…

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Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 4 – London by Blake | susansenglish

Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 4 – London by Blake | susansenglish

This poem is great and an exam board cross-over as well. This is featured in the AQA War and Conflict Anthology as well as the Eduqas Anthology. This poem (although very dark in tone) is another favourite of mine and every time I re-read it or teach it again I get another idea or thought from it and that is something I want to encourage in my classroom, so I will start with a quick discussion of how a poem (London) in this case can be a journey of discovery every time you read it. On the surface the poem appears fairly simple with a four stanza, four line structure, which shows the progress…

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Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 4 – London by Blake | susansenglish

Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 4 – London by Blake | susansenglish

This poem is great and an exam board cross-over as well. This is featured in the AQA War and Conflict Anthology as well as the Eduqas Anthology. This poem (although very dark in tone) is another favourite of mine and every time I re-read it or teach it again I get another idea or thought from it and that is something I want to encourage in my classroom, so I will start with a quick discussion of how a poem (London) in this case can be a journey of discovery every time you read it. On the surface the poem appears fairly simple with a four stanza, four line structure, which shows the progress…

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Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 3 Sonnet 43 | susansenglish

Why I love…Eduqas Anthology: Blog Series 3 Sonnet 43 | susansenglish

This is the second poem in The Eduqas Anthology and is another that I enjoy teaching. Not perhaps as much as The Manhunt, but I find the poem encapsulates a sense of wonder, awe and breathlessness that love can have. Although Browning wrote 44 sonnets to her husband and this is 43 in the collection, there is a sense of wonder from her that she is lucky enough to have this man in her life and this all-consuming love. In a way it feels as though the poem is about the heady, early days of love when nothing else seems important to you and all you can think about is your partner. As a result I…

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