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Poem of the Half Term

Welcome to our ‘Poem of the Half Term’

Each half term students will be introduced to a new piece of poetry which will help them develop their language and literacy skills.  Reading poetry enables students to discover new writing styles and to increase their vocabulary.

In order to assist our students further we encourage parents to read the poem with them.

The poem for this half term is shown below.  There is also a link to a Youtube video which shows an accurate narration of the poem.

Exposure by Wilfred Owen

Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knive us . . . 
Wearied we keep awake because the night is silent . . . 
Low drooping flares confuse our memory of the salient . . . 
Worried by silence, sentries whisper, curious, nervous, 
But nothing happens. 

Watching, we hear the mad gusts tugging on the wire, 
Like twitching agonies of men among its brambles. 
Northward, incessantly, the flickering gunnery rumbles, 
Far off, like a dull rumour of some other war. 
What are we doing here? 

The poignant misery of dawn begins to grow . . . 
We only know war lasts, rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy. 
Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army 
Attacks once more in ranks on shivering ranks of grey,
But nothing happens.