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Making poetry optional in GCSE English literature is out of tune...

Ofqual, the exams authority, has announced that next year schools won’t have to do all the components of English literature GCSE. Students must answer on Shakespeare, but can choose two out of three from the 19th-century novel, a modern drama or novel, and poetry, as represented by a themed anthology. So, for the first time…

Making poetry optional in GCSE English literature is out of tune...

Ofqual, the exams authority, has announced that next year schools won’t have to do all the components of English literature GCSE. Students must answer on Shakespeare, but can choose two out of three from the 19th-century novel, a modern drama or novel, and poetry, as represented by a themed anthology. So, for the first time…

‘A special and a little mad effort’: mapping Britain in poetry

Pinned just west of Marsden, Yorkshire on a 17th-century map of the UK, is a poem by the UK’s new poet laureate, Simon Armitage. “The sky has delivered / its blank missive. / The moor in coma.” Move west, to the Isle of Man, and the poet is a little less well known – she’s…

8 Poetry Collections to Contribute To Your Summer Season Checking Out...

We’re in the middle of a poetry Renaissance, capitalize on it this summer. Do you love poetry more than any other written art form, or did studying Shakespeare’s sonnets in sixth grade English class scar you for life? No matter your relationship with poetry, you can find a poet or style of poetry that suits…

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