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Poetry plans capture nation's imagination

Published on 09/05/17

Poetry plans unveiled by the Inspiration Trust have caught the imagination of the nation.

As part of our move to a knowledge rich curriculum, the Inspiration Trust has unveiled plans to encourage students to read, learn, and recite poetry.

Young people at our academies will be introduced to a list of 100 poems selected by teachers from the Trust. They will be encouraged to read the poems aloud, learn them by heart, and recite them, as well as discussing meanings and writing styles with classmates.

The collection will sit alongside similar anthologies for literature and music, in recognition of the importance of students having shared cultural reference points as they move into the adult world.

The move is also aimed at helping improve literacy and academic performance across the curriculum, with a student's vocabulary and verbal confidence seen as a key factor in success in a wide range of subjects.

Our initiative has featured in the Sunday Times, on BBC Breakfast, and BBC Look East, with the latter featuring students from Jane Austen College in Norwich.



Chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "This isn't about saying students should only study traditional texts and music, but we do need to acknowledge that it is important for young people to share knowledge with 'people in the club', so that they can get on in life.

"This is about encouraging creativity, and ensuring our students have the foundation to discover their favourites for themselves, and can challenge and question the world around them."

See below for some examples of the range of writing and music included in the project.

Poetry to recite

Alfred, Lord Tennyson - The Lady of Shalott
Christina Rossetti - Remember
Derek Walcott - Sea Grapes
Elizabeth Barrett Browning - How do I love thee
Geoffrey Chaucer - Prologue from The Canterbury Tales
John Donne - No Man is an Island
Percy Bysshe Shelley - Ozymandias
Rudyard Kipling  - If
Wilfred Owen - Dulce et Decorum est
William Shakespeare - Sonnet 18


Anonymous - Beowulf
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre
Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart
George Orwell - Animal Farm
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
T S Eliot - The Waste Land
William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
Zadie Smith - White Teeth


Aaron Copland - Appalachian Spring
Amadeus Mozart - 40th Symphony
Camille Saints-Saëns -  Danse Macabre
Edward Elgar - Pomp & Circumstance No.1
Gabriel Fauré - Requiem
Gustav Holst - The Planets
JS Bach - Double Violin Concerto
John Williams - Jurassic Park soundtrack
Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story
Ludwig van Beethoven - 5th Symphony