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