Poetry by Heart is a UK national poetry recitation competition aimed at 14-19 year olds. This year in commemoration of the Great War centenary, students were asked to recite a poem from the site’s First World War Poetry Showcase. One of the key premises of the project was to offer a dynamic space for students and teachers to engage with World War One poetry beyond the constraints of formal examinations and prescribed curriculums. Thus, the collection encompasses international poetry (including French, German, Polish and American texts), poetry from the home front and works by lesser known solider poets such as Tommy Crawford. Here you will find: contextual information about the poems and poets, the texts themselves, relevant links to Oxford English Dictionary/ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entries, links to Poetry Archive recordings and soon links to resources from the Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive and Europeana 1914-1918 collection.
To learn about which particular poems in the showcase were most popular among students at Poetry by Heart 2014, visit: https://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/eet/2014/04/15/from-stretcher-bearer-to-students-choice/
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