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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.

(Extract from) Bayonet Charge by Ted Hughes

Suddenly he awoke and was running – raw
In raw-seamed hot khaki, his sweat heavy,
Stumbling across a field of clods towards a green hedge
That dazzled with rifle fire, hearing
Bullets smacking the belly out of the air –
He lugged a rifle numb as a smashed arm;
The patriotic tear that had brimmed in his eye
Sweating like molten iron from the centre of his chest, –

In bewilderment then he almost stopped –
In what cold clockwork of the stars and the nations
Was he the hand pointing that second? He was running
Like a man who has jumped up in the dark and runs
Listening between his footfalls for the reason
Of his still running, and his foot hung like
Statuary in mid-stride.

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