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Poetry: Voices of War


An exploration of World War 1 poetry. Pupils will be introduced to the concept of different voices of war/varying perspectives and how these people were affected. Pupils will explore and challenge stereotypes about war and use their understanding to explore writers’ intentions, methods and evaluate the impact of writing. Pupils will use their knowledge to focus on writing analytically.

Unit aims:

  • To introduce pupils to the concept of different voices of war and how different people react and are affected by conflict
  • To challenge stereotypes about war
  • To identify writer’s intentions and viewpoints – WHAT
  • To explore the methods used – HOW
  • To consider and evaluate the impact of the writing – WHY
  • To equip pupils with a skillset to begin to evaluate the success of different writers

Example Key Words


Visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.


Figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion).


A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; point of view.


An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.


Repetition is the primary way of creating a pattern. Meaning accrues through repetition. One of the deep fundamentals of poetry is the recurrence of sounds, syllables, words, phrases, lines, and stanzas.


Sibilance is a figure of speech in which a hissing sound is created within a group of words through the repetition of “s” sounds.

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