'September 3rd 1939: Bournemouth', by Anthony Thwaite

A Poetry Lesson Plan from Education Umbrella

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When Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September, 1939, the English poet Anthony Thwaite was nine years old. In this poem, he describes a child's perception of the fear, confusion and naivety of that fateful day.

Anthony Thwaite is one of Britain's most beloved living poets, and this poem is amongst his finest. Our lesson plan helps students become intimately familiar with the poem, its meaning and context.

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Subjects Covered:
  • English 1st Language
  • • Poetry

Objectives

  • to understand the structure and form of a sonnet
  • to understand the historical context of the poem
  • to idenitfy the lines in which the narrator presages an aspect of the coming war
  • to write a sonnet about the end of the Second World War

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