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KS3 Poetry Anthology: Memory


Click on the button above to access an anthology of poems that explore the theme of memory.

  1. Music, When Soft Voices Die, by Percy Bysshe Shelley (C19th)
  2. Just Thinking, by William Stafford (C20th)
  3. Last Night, by Vikram Seth (C20th)
  4. Last Night, by Faiz Ahmed Faiz (C20th)
  5. Nettles, by Vernon Scannell (C19th)
  6. I wish I could remember that first day, by Christina Rossetti (C19th)
  7. To Flee from Memory, by Emily Dickinson (C19th)
  8. A Weathered Skeleton, by Matsuo Basho (C17th)
  9. Time Does Not Bring Relief, by Edna St. Vincent Millay (C20th)
  10. Break, Break, Break, by Alfred Tennyson (C19th)

Each poem is double-spaced and there’s plenty of room on each page for annotations. There’s also a vocabulary page (p2) with words to help students reflect, discuss and write about the poems.

Happy          grateful, excited, hopeful

Satisfied         content, pleased, fulfilled

Confident       assured, assertive, optimistic

Relieved          reassured, calm, relaxed

Thoughtful     reflective, meditative, contemplative

Unsure           doubtful, hesitant, ambivalent

Sad             despondent, poignant, sombre

Lonely          distant, Isolated, detached

Scared          anxious, apprehensive, vulnerable

Angry              frustrated , resentful, aggrieved


Form               sonnet, haiku, elegy, free verse

Structure        rhythm, rhyme, stanza, couplet, enjambment

Language        alliteration, simile, metaphor, symbolism, onomatopoeia, repetition


Develop        also, additionally, furthermore

Link             because, therefore, consequently

Sequence      first, finally, before, after

Qualify          however, although, despite, but

Emphasise     above all, in particular, significantly, indeed

Reference      for example, as revealed by, in the case of

Compare       equally, similarly, likewise, in contrast, whereas

Hope it’s helpful,




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