Revise ‘Bayonet Charge’ by Ted Hughes

Download the Bayonet Charge lesson pack here. Context Bayonet Charge was written and published in 1957 but concentrates on the battles of First World War. Ted Hughes (1930 – 1998) is known as one of the most important English poets of the 20th century. He became Poet Laureate in 1984. Hughes had spent time in the military as a mechanic before going to university but his father had served in and survived the First World War. The Title The poem is called Bayonet Charge and centres on the feelings of one soldier as he goes ‘over the top’ to charge … Continue reading Revise ‘Bayonet Charge’ by Ted Hughes

Revise ‘Checking Out Me History’ by John Agard

Download the Checking Out Me History lesson pack here. Context ‘Checking Out Me History’ is a modern poem by the Guyanese poet, John Agard. Agard was born in Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1949 and spent his childhood in the South American country. In 1977, he and his partner Grace Nichols moved to Britain to pursue dreams of being professional writers. John Agard received the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 2012 and his poetry frequently appears on the GCSE curriculum. He chooses to discuss issues of cultural identity, issues of race and power in his poetry. The Title The title … Continue reading Revise ‘Checking Out Me History’ by John Agard

Revise ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Listen to an audio version of the poem here. Download The Charge of the Light Brigade lesson pack here. Alfred Tennyson Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892) was an English poet born in Lincolnshire. He was the son of a vicar and returned home from Cambridge to care for his mother and sisters after the death of his father in 1831. Tennyson is known predominantly for his shorter lyric poems and often chose mythological or ancient stories as the basis for his poems. Some of his more famous poems include: ‘Claribel’, ‘Marianne’, ‘The Lady of Shallot’ and ‘The Charge of the … Continue reading Revise ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson