Latest post: An Introduction to Teaching Wilfred Owen by Lucy Freeland

Wilfred Owen has always been one of my favourite writers to teach, because his poetry is like a stripped nerve ' alive, electric, painful, and full of power. Getting students to engage with this material can be the key to converting your classroom's most fervent poetry cynic into an advocate for the pen as mightier than the sword! It is worth bearing in mind, however, that both world wars are starting to lose their immediacy for students. Having grandparents who fought even in the Second World War already puts me in a minority in my staff room, so those in the generation below must feel the distance even more keenly. To that end, watching recitations by actors via YouTube and... read more