To climb steep hills…

Shakespearean English, to some pupils, initially presents itself like an unknown language. I see some children stare at it blankly, sometimes panicked. We all know, though, that more they read …

Mirrors and Lamps

A post for teachers – especially non-specialists – of GCSE English Literature “Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812. His father was sent to debtors’ prison when he was …

Demanding Perfection

This is a personal one. It’s about tenacity and how we can get things right with practice. “A story is told of a king who summoned the nation’s best living …

Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

Some short, contextual comments on Blake’s ‘London.’ William Blake’s London, nestled quietly between Shelley and Wordsworth in the AQA Power and Conflict cluster, doesn’t immediately shout of ‘power’ as Ozymandias does, nor …