Writing about poetry

This learning object suggests an approach to understanding poetry and to give a framework to help write about it. Aimed at learners, it uses two poems by Wilfred Owen as examples: 'Exposure' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est', and offers advice on writing an essay on a single poem or an essay comparing two poems. The object introduces 'SMILERS', an approach to carrying out an analysis of a poem. SMILERS stands for Subject, Movement, Imagery, Language, Emotion, Response and Sounds. The resource suggests using SMILERS to consider the following essay question: Discuss how Wilfred Owen writes about suffering in ‘Exposure’.