This lesson is based around the poem Exposure by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen. Exposure vividly depicts the experience of the soldiers on the front line of the trenches in the freezing winter of 1917. It provides students with practice in analysing poetry: identifying language features, finding examples in the text and discussing their responses to the poem. It also provides contextual and biographical information about the First World War and Wilfred Owen, including subject specific and historical vocabulary.

Topic: First World War Poetry: Exposure by Wilfred Owen

Level: C2

Time: 2 hours


  • To develop students’ ability to read and discuss poetry.
  • To give practice of identifying language features in poetry.
  • To develop vocabulary associated with war and extreme survival conditions.

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