How to Use Our Revision Pages

Over the years we’ve written a heck of a lot of information into our resources. Now we’re interested to see if we can make this knowledge directly available to students. We have pulled key revision information out of some of our resources and simply copied it onto the blog pages here. Continue reading How to Use Our Revision Pages

Revise ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning

Robert Browning (1812 – 1889) was an English poet and playwright. Browning began his career as a playwright but soon realised that his expertise lay in writing long, dramatic poems.

He developed the form of poetry known as the dramatic monologue for a Victorian audience and became one of the most loved Victorian poets. Continue reading Revise ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning

Revise ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Anne Duffy

Download the War Photographer lesson pack here. Context Carol Ann Duffy made history in 2009 when she became the first woman to hold the post of Poet Laureate. War Photographer is a poem about war and its effects on civilians. The poem discusses the lasting effects of war trauma on those photographers who take pictures of famine and battle. It also deals with the broader ethical issue of whether observing and photographing war rather than helping is the right thing to do. It makes us question, along with the photographer, the worth of risking life to document conflict around the … Continue reading Revise ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Anne Duffy

Revise ‘London’ by William Blake

‘London’ by William Blake I wander thro’ each charter’d street Near where the charter’d Thames does flow, And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. In every cry of every Man, In every Infant’s cry of fear, In every voice, in every ban, The mind-forg’d manacles I hear: How the Chimney-sweeper’s cry Every black’ning Church appalls, And the hapless Soldier’s sigh Runs in blood down Palace walls; But most thro’ midnight streets I hear How the youthful Harlot’s curse Blasts the new-born Infant’s tear, And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse. Listen to an audio … Continue reading Revise ‘London’ by William Blake

Revise ‘Tissue’ by Imtiaz Dharker

Download the Tissue lesson pack here. Context Imtiaz Dharker Imtiaz Dharker, born in 1954, is a contemporary poet who was born in Pakistan and moved to Glasgow before the age of one. In addition to her poetry, Dharker is also a documentary maker and artist. She identifies herself as a ‘Scottish Muslim Calvinist’, showing her mixed cultural experiences and beliefs. Her multi-cultural background has informed much of her work and she explores themes such as identity, home and searching for meaning. The poem This poem explores both the strength and fragility of human life through the extended metaphor of tissue … Continue reading Revise ‘Tissue’ by Imtiaz Dharker