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The Poetry Pack – Critical Skills (Download)

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Drawn from EMC's popular The Poetry Pack, this PDF download offers a wide repertoire of strategies, centred on a range of popular pre-20th century and World War 1 poems, to develop students' abilities to read and respond critically to poetry.


  • Exploring fragments of a poem
  • Poetry or prose? Exploring lineation     
  • Reading as a writer – quarry of words 
  • Verse by verse or line by line 
  • Mixed-up poems 
  • Poetry consequences 
  • Reading as a writer
  • A story in verse or poetry
  • Arguing back to a poem 
  • Exploring the poetic process 
  • Writing a critical commentary 

The resource includes a PowerPoint of the four poems in 'Verse by verse or line by line' to allow you easily to show these poems a line at a time via a data projector.


  • W.B. Yeats: ‘The Cold Heaven’
  • Wilfred Owen: ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’,  ‘The Send-off’ and ‘The Next War’
  • Siegfried Sassoon: ‘Does it Matter?’
  • Thomas Hardy: ‘Afterwards’
  • Emily Dickinson: This World is Not Conclusion
  • John Clare: ‘I am’
  • William Blake: ‘The Garden of Love’ and ‘The Sick Rose’
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins: ‘The Windhover’
  • Tennyson: ‘Ulysses’
  • Tennyson: ‘Mariana’ and Shakespeare: Measure for Measure
  • Andrew Marvell: ‘To His Coy Mistress’
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: ‘An Answer to Love Letter’
  • Robert Browning: ‘My Last Duchess’

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'The Poetry Pack ... magnificent ... almost a complete in-service course on reading and teaching poetry.' 

Peter Hollindale TES

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