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Writing about poetry

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This learning object suggests an approach to understanding poetry and to give a framework to help write about it. Aimed at learners, it uses two poems by Wilfred Owen as examples: 'Exposure' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est', and offers advice on writing an essay on a single poem or an essay comparing two poems. The object introduces 'SMILERS', an approach to carrying out an analysis of a poem. SMILERS stands for Subject, Movement, Imagery, Language, Emotion, Response and Sounds. The resource suggests using SMILERS to consider the following essay question: Discuss how Wilfred Owen writes about suffering in ‘Exposure’.

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Date Published: 12 April 2012
In Collection(s): Wilfred Owen