GCSE Poetry: My Last Duchess and The Prelude (Videos 14 & 15)

Hi Everyone,

Here are the last two videos for the final two poems in this poetry cluster. The reason I have put them together is, as per the best advice we have been given; these two poems are more challenging than the other 13 poems in the cluster. It is felt that these are unlikely to be the named poems in an exam paper. They are more likely to have been included, so that higher ability students can use them as a comparison or companion poem to a named poem in the exam paper. Having said that, there are obviously no guarantees that this is the case, so it is still advisable to revise them alongside the others.

As we now know that the exams have been cancelled for our current Year 11s, this post is more aimed at our current Year 10s, who may wish to start looking at the poems ahead of their exams in 2021.

All fifteen poems in the Power and Conflict cluster have now been posted on this blog alongside a video lesson for that poem. They have all been tagged as GCSE Poetry. You can find the whole collection by clicking on the GCSE Poetry tag on the right hand side of this page if you are reading this on a computer screen, or a tablet in landscape, or it will be at the bottom of this page if you are reading this on a phone, or a tablet in portrait.

The two final poems are: My Last Duchess by Robert Browning, and The Prelude by William Wordsworth:

Here are the videos:

Good Luck!

Mrs. McCabe

GCSE Poetry: Exposure (Video 13)

Hi Everyone,

We’re aware there is currently some uncertainty regarding this summer’s exams, but I thought it best to still post this week’s video, and we’ll see what information we are given from the government in the coming days, which we will of course share with you when we know.

This week’s poem is Exposure by Wilfred Owen:

Here is this week’s video:

Good Luck

Mrs. McCabe

GCSE Poetry: War Photographer (Video 5)

Hi Everyone,

Here is this week’s poem:

Here is this week’s video:

This poem was used in a recent exam paper, so it is less likely that it will come up in a future exam, but you can never be sure. It could also be used as a comparison poem by the student if they wish.

11A have now all been given a poetry booklet in which to make notes.

Good Luck

Mrs. McCabe