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 ‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Download a copy of the poem here. Listen to an audio version of the poem here. Download the Ozymandias lesson pack here – it’s free! To Begin ‘Ozymandias’ was the Greek name given to Ramses II, one of the greatest pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. In the early 19th century, when Shelley was writing poetry, Europeans became fascinated with Egyptian culture after Napoleon conquered Egypt and began transporting the great treasures of the Ancient Egyptians back to Europe. Shelley and a friend learned of the acquisition by the British Museum of a massive statue of Ramses II. They decided to have … Continue reading Revise ‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley