'The Destruction of Sennacherib', by Lord Byron

A Poetry Lesson Plan from Education Umbrella

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'The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold'.

In this grand poem, Lord Byron combines biblical mythology with historical catastrophe to reimagine Napoleon's defeat in Russia.

In our detailed lesson plan, students read the relevant passage from Second Kings, then learn about Napoleon, a source of endless fascination and even adoration for Byron.

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Year 10 [GCSE] - Year 11 [GCSE]
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  • English 1st Language
  • • Poetry

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  • to read the relevant passage from Second Kings
  • to learn about Napoleon's Russian campaign and how this is represented in the poem
  • to learn the difficult vocabulary in the poem

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