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About a ruler who lost power over time. It is a metaphor for vanity and foolishness of a ruler who believes in unconditional power.
Reflects the poets views about the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the poor in society. He is angry about the suffering.
Extract from The Prelude
Describes the experience of a young boy who goes out onto a lake and it leaves a lasting impression of nature's power and mystery.
My Last Duchess
Explores power relations in a marriage and the desire for complete power over someone else.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Recounts a mistaken attack in the Crimean War where the fearless cavalry attack with patriotic pride. It calls for them to be remembered.
The poem describes the freezing weather and continued inaction that WW1 soldiers often faced.
Storm on the Island
An islander describes the inhospitable and bleak setting during severe weather. It is also a metaphor for The Troubles.
The speaker describes the terrified actions of a soldier as he runs across No Man's Land and how he wonders what his purpose is.
The poem reflects on the PTSD of returning servicemen and the terrible memories they often have.
Written from the viewpoint of a mother sending her son off to war.
Highlights how indifferent the media and readers have become to the horrific images of war.
The poet muses on the fragility of human existence and how paper has powerful impacts.
Explores the effects on a person when their own language and identity are threatened. It also highlights the power of memory.
Describes the consequences of decisions in war. It offers a female perspective on conflict and how families react.
Checking Out Me History
The poet reclaims black identity and reminds us that control of the past means control of the present.