There are many recordings, ppts and clips for Owen's poems but many of them are far too simplistic to do Module B well. The following version is one of the best I have found.
Owen Poems are nearly finished. I must admit that I am pleased I have nearly completed this section of the book and am ready to move onto 'A Beautiful Mind'. His verse is always confronting but the two new poems have been complex, especially 'Insensibility'. I have approached Owen differently this time around, giving a far detailed introductory section that specifically looks at his distinctive style and how alters it differs across the poems. Comparisons and contrasts need to be factored in to avoid student responses being set pieces without an overarching conceptual framework that addresses what makes his poetry distinctive.
Images such this enlistment poster can be very useful in addressing underlying elements, recurring ideas and tone across all the prescribed poems. All combatant nations used the propagandist incentives to prompt men to join up in large numbers, as the death rate ensured there were 'gaps for filling'. This poster works well as an entry point for the elective as students can easily see the emotional appeals being used as well as why it and other jingoistic rhetoric worked so well.
Conceptual comparison and contrast is preferable to a simple scaffolded assessment which prompts commentary rather than analysis. Module B turns on distinctive qualities and this is what students need to be able to focus on. By evaluating why each poem is written in a particular way, we get a better sense of how the composer's attitudes and emotions changed over time. Owen's best work was written in the last year of his life but his letters home speak of his belief that he would not survive the war. He personifies Death because that is the prime battlefield reality but he also dwells on the accompanying dehumanisation and degradation that accompanies it. Barbara
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