Model Answer Poetry Comparison

In Come on Come Back  and Belfast Confetti both poets present similar ideas about feelings of confusion in conflict.

Both Come on Come Back and Belfast Confetti use imagery to represent ideas about confusion. In come on come back, the author uses an image of darkness to communicate the idea of confusion. The author describes the ‘water on either side of the moony track’ that is ‘black as her mind’. The word ‘black’ suggests emptiness and the unknown. The use of a simile draws comparisons between the darkness of her mind and the waters. The waters are described like this to create a sense of mystery that reinforces the feeling of confusion the woman is currently experiencing. In Belfast Confetti, the poet also uses imagery to communicate ideas about confusion. For example, a ‘fusillade of question-marks’ is used to describe the burst of the explosion.  Metaphorically, the the poet exchanges the shrapnel of the bomb with question marks to show the poet’s growing number of questions about conflict. As this is the final line of the poem, it communicates that there are several questions about conflict, but no answers. The word ‘fusillade’ shows the sheer volume of questions which shows the extent and relentlessness of the poet’s state of confusion. Therefore, both poems use imagery to present confusion.

Both Come on Come Back and Belfast Confetti use

In conclusion, both authors use a number of similar language features and devices to present the effects war can have on the state of mind of people in conflict zones and the feelings of confusion they hold.

Mr Harris’ Carousel Session: Charge of the Light Brigade and Mametz Wood

Below you will find the presentation and copies of each poem from the revision session that was run during the Easter Holidays.

Please use these resources to develop your understanding of the key features of the two poems within your own time.

Mametz Wood and Charge of Light Brigade Comparison

Mametz Wood and Charge of Light Brigade Poems

Poem Analysis: ‘Belfast Confetti’

This lesson asks you to analyse Belfast Confetti; a poem that explores ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland from 1969 – 1999.

It details the moment the narrator gets caught in a bomb attack and the subsequent confusion he faces.

It becomes clear that this is not just a poem about an isolated attack, but documents a wider feeling of helplessness against such relentless violence.

Below you will find the presentation from the lesson for your revision. You will also find an interesting documentary about the troubles in Northern Ireland from those who were key players in the conflict.

Belfast Confetti Analysis

Poem Analysis: ‘The Yellow Palm’

This lesson asks you to analyse the language, structure and form of The Yellow Palm.

This is a poem by an environmentalist poet about the Gulf War, using his memories of wandering through a war torn street in Baghdad as it’s stimulus.

For me, this is a poem that explores the contrast between nature and human beings and the effect that war  has on society.

The Yellow Palm Analysis

Poem Analysis: ‘At The Border, 1979’

This lesson takes an in depth look at ‘At The Border, 1979’.

A key feature of the poem are the various perspectives the poet guides the reader through to understand human conflict. In this particular poem, the poet explores what borders actually stand for.

This lesson also asks you to consider experimenting with the ‘table method’ of planning. A completed table plan will be due at the start of Thursday’s lesson.

At The Border Analysis

Planning- The Table Method

Half Term Homework – Practice Exam Question

Write your own response to one of the following questions:

Option 1:

Compare the ways in which the poet presents death within ‘The Falling Leaves’ and one other poem from the Conflict cluster.

Option 2:

Compare the ways in which the poet presents desperation within ‘Out of the Blue’ and one other poem within the Conflict cluster.


  • You should plan your response before you begin writing.
  • You should have at least 5 comparative points within each answer.

Due: Monday 16th February

Poem Analysis: ‘The Falling Leaves’

This lesson takes an in depth look at the language, structure and form of ‘The Falling Leaves’.

It is a poem by a WW1 pacifist, using the extended metaphor of a tree shedding its leaves in Autumn.

How does the poet convey the idea that war is a tremendous waste of human life?

Falling Leaves Annotation

Poem Analysis: ‘Out of the Blue’

This lesson takes a close look at Simon Armitage’s Out of the Blue, looking at how language, structure and form are used to communicate the human experience of 9/11.

It is often easy to forget that such an iconic moment within our recent history involved real life human beings. This poem addresses this concern and seeks to address the way that we often view this event within society.

Out of the Blue Analysis

Poem Analysis: ‘Futility’, Wilfred Owen

This lesson takes an in depth look at the language contained within Wilfred Owen’s Futility. 

By the end of this lesson, you should have a heavily annotated copy of the poem, and a completed poem summary.

I will expect to see any missing work completed for homework by Thursday’s lesson.

Futility, Wilfred Owen – Annotation Lesson