August 2010

Wiki will be updated over summer holidays to include Higher/Int 2 poetry.
Larkin - Ambulances, Churchgoing and Arundel Tomb
Marvell - Coy Mistress
Byron - Walks in Beauty LIke the Night
Blake - Songs of Innocence
Thomas (Dylan) - Do not go gentle into that good night

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life.
But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman: "O me, o life of the questions of these recurring, of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these, o me, o life? Answer: that you are here. That life exists, and identity. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.

What will your verse be?
(Dead Poet’s Society)

January 2010 - added Hotel Room 12th Floor as requested on twitter. (Mr T)

October 2009: We start with Langston Hughes and his seminal poems 'Dreams' and 'I too sing America'

We will then look at 'Unto us' by Spike Milligan followed by 'Before you were mine' by Carol Ann Duffy. That should cover 234,543 permutations of essay questions on relationships, themes and characters! Whilst not doing full blooded essays , we will also look at other poems to get our brains into poetic appreciation mode, especially as the prelims approach....these will include Tennyson, Wordsworth, Byron and even Milton! Remember: