“Conflict” Poetry Anthology

As a class we are developing an anthology of critical responses to the “conflict” poems we’re working with. These will ultimately be combined with the recordings of the poems read by heart that we’ve already created. 

The following poems have been claimed by the following students:

  • Flag: Fazol Adam Dequane
  • The Yellow Palm: Bryan Kyron Dequane
  • The Right Word: Kyron Jeffrey Keenan Nehemiah Bryan
  • Futility: Jakub Henry Oniel Thabit
  • The Falling Leaves: Jakub Kiko Harry Oniel JP
  • Out of the blue: Lethaniel Leo Louis
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade: Dylan JP
  • Come On Come Back: Keenan Barnaby Lethaniel
  • At the Border, 1979: Alistair Henry
  • Poppies: Jose Nehemiah Peter Leon
  • next to of course god america i: Peter Leon Dylan Kiko
  • Hawk Roosting: Jeffrey George Leo
  • Belfast Confetti: George Thabit Fazol Adam
  • Bayonet Charge: Eugene Alistair
  • Mametz Wood: Harry Louis Barnaby

Your analysis should contain an exploration of the following dimensions of the poems:

  1. The effect the poem has on your heart
  2. The sound of the poem
  3. The historical context of the poem and relevant biographical information about the poet
  4. The ideas communicated in the poem
  5. The language effects you identify that may strengthen these ideas and feelings

Here is an example of a short response I wrote to the poem “Poppies” that covers many of these dimensions:


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Author: Christopher Waugh

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” (Katherine Mansfield)

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