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Lyrical Ballads: responding to Somerset, Bristol and the Wye Valley

From 4-7 February, 6.2 English students studying Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads (1798) visited Somerset, Bristol and the Wye Valley. We explored a number of sites that were important to the early Romantic poets and that were depicted in their poetry and learnt about their historical and contemporary critical reception. 820 more words

Bedales School

Poem: You want to study English?

A quick silly little poem I wrote introducing the topic of my next article:

You want to study English?

They will judge you from the corner, 163 more words

'Calendar' - Owen Sheers

The poem calendar is made up of four haiku, each with their own subheadings which label the different seasons that the stanzas describe. Each of the seasons represent a different human experience or activity: music (and communication), sex, dance, and disease. 356 more words

Writer and Character

Candide and Voltaire.
I always

confuse the two. Maybe
this is

they are

each other,
one another,

one man
from a single mother.


10 Classic Sonnets Everyone Should Read

10 of the best sonnets in the English language

The sonnet form has been used by many poets in many languages since it was invented in the Middle Ages. 1,002 more words


An Ice-Cream War — William Boyd

In An Ice-Cream War, Boyd has managed to pull off what I think is an unusual feat: he has produced a dark comedy about the First World War which manages to be sympathetic to all involved. 394 more words

Man Booker Prize

Literature Student Safari

People often mention that they know I’m a Literature student before I tell them – and I often wonder, is that a compliment or an insult? 1,161 more words