Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Love Poetry

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Love Poetry

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Poetry is a sore point for many English teachers, who must battle the perception that it is difficult and doesn't make sense. My favourite lesson for changing pupils' minds explores Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

First, we watch the end of the original Planet of the Apes film, in which the protagonist discovers the ruined Statue of Liberty. This helps students to understand the symbolic meaning of Shelley's poem, setting up a discussion on dystopia versus utopia.

Then I introduce connections to other literature. Students like being able to contextualise their learning by linking to things they already know; films and novels such as Judge Dredd, The Hunger Games, Children of Men, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Divergent are ideal.

Next we use a poetry analysis technique, WPSLOMP, to discuss:

What the poem is about;

Persona and point of view;

Structure;

Language used and its effects;

Other Methods (metaphors, similes, rhyme scheme);

Personal interpretation of the poem.

We use this technique to consider specific phrases in the poem and to answer key questions. …

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