Analysing war poems – ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘Clearing Station’
Assessment focuses: AF2, AF3, AF4, AF5, AF6, AF7
Pupils read and discussed ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ as a class, looking particularly at the linguistic devices used by Tennyson to convey his attitude to the subject. In pairs, they read other poems about war from different historical periods and chose one expressing a different attitude from that of Tennyson. Pupil E and his partner chose ‘Clearing Station’ by the German poet Klemm. They discussed their choice and gave a brief presentation to the class before writing their comparisons individually. They were given support in the form of prompts to focus their discussion and an outline structure for the written piece.
Extracts from poem entitled Clearing Station by Klemm, W. translated by Bridgwater, P. published in The German poets of the First World War, Croom Helm 1985. Used with kind permission.