The aim of this course will be to help teachers become less intimidated by the IGCSE Song of Ourselves poetry section in the belief that:
- as the themes of poetry are universal their students will be able to establish links between their world and the "world" of the poems.
- poetry is the genre which offers the greatest interpretive freedom.
- the conciseness of the poems will allow teachers to delve into their syntactic and lexical components in a short teaching period.
From Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 4, the following 15 poems: Margaret Atwood, ‘The City Planners’ Boey Kim Cheng, ‘The Planners’ Thom Gunn, ‘The Man with Night Sweats’ Robert Lowell, ‘Night Sweat’ Edward Thomas, ‘Rain’ Anne Stevenson, ‘The Spirit is too Blunt an Instrument’ Tony Harrison, ‘From Long Distance’ W H Auden, ‘Funeral Blues’ Thomas Hardy, ‘He Never Expected Much’ Fleur Adcock, ‘The Telephone Call’ Peter Porter, ‘A Consumer’s Report’ Judith Wright, ‘Request To A Year’ Charles Tennyson Turner, ‘On Finding a Small Fly Crushed in a Book’ Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Ozymandias’ Stevie Smith, ‘Away, Melancholy’
These may be found in Songs of Ourselves Volume 1: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Poetry in English (Cambridge University Press).