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 …

The Springboard – P1, Q5

All images in this blog are available on Google, labelled for non-commercial reuse. All examples of my students’ work have been reproduced here with my students’ express permission. — Over …