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Blood and Roses British History in Poetry

Written by Brian Moses

Blood and Roses British History in Poetry Synopsis

Comprising approximately 80 poems arranged chronologically, this collection covers the broad sweep of British history from prehistoric times to the present day. With particular emphasis on periods like the Tudors, Victorians and World War II, these poems illuminate key events and provide a fresh perspective on them. It includes excerpts from Anglo-Saxon and medieval ballads, and classics from Chaucer, Tennyson, Kipling, and Auden, as well as poems from some of our best contemporary writers including Benjamin Zephaniah, Charles Causley, Robert Hull, Judith Nicholls and James Berry. Illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, this collection will appeal to those with an interest in history and will make a welcome additional resource for history lessons as well as being an essential title for every school library.

Blood and Roses British History in Poetry Press Reviews

Some are funny, some exciting, some depressing, but all convey the feel of history -- Bournemouth Echo 20041119 You'll never look at history the same way again. -- South Wales Argus 20050813 Historical facts are brought alive through the thoughts and feelings of the famous and the unknown -- writeaway.org 20050813 The energetic Brian Moses has made the best of a difficult brief ... He's avoided the old jingoistic staples ... In their place he has let us hear the non-famous and the non-heroic ... It's good to see that the complex matter of British identity is given an airing with a poem about a freed African slave Olaudah Equiano and a fine piece by James Berry -- Michael Rosen, Junior Education 20040901 This Brian Moses anthology is compiled by a poet who has a great deal of experience of presenting poetry directly to youngsters of all ages, and it shows... The net has been cast wide and the final choices are precise and careful... A mix of contemporary and recent with the less obvious inclusions paving the way for fresh discoveries for the reader. This is altogether a refreshing procession through the annals of the years and it also manages the task of blowing away the dust of over-familiarity at times. This book is useful, of course, as a curriculum resource for older primary or younger secondary ages in particular; but over and above that it is a good read, especially as it is attractively illustrated and presented. -- School Librarian 20040601 Tony Mitton and I were pleasantly surprised by the variety and range of this anthology ... Snapshots of life for Stone Age Britain to recent times. The text is complemented by sumptuous line drawings. -- Valerie Bloom, TES Teacher 20050610 Interesting book as it looks at British history with poems from prehistoric time, right up to modern times... I really enjoyed the Scottish poems. My favourite was probably A Pict Song by Rudyard Kipling as it told me how the Picts lived and how much they hated the Roman invaders. There were a number of poems about Edward 1 and his battles with the Scots and the book mentions the famous spider and Robert the Bruce - this time the spider tells the tale which was funny. I'm glad I read this book because now i know what it was like in the past when people got murdered and kings got crowned. -- Teen Titles (issue 34) 20050610

Book Information

ISBN: 9780750244442
Publication date: 18th March 2004
Author: Brian Moses
Publisher: Hodder Wayland an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 144 pages

About Brian Moses

Brian Moses is one of today's leading poets for children working in schools, performing his own work, leading workshops for children and providing INSET training for teachers. A former teacher himself, he is the editor of many collections of poetry for children including the HYSTERICAL HISTORICAL POEMS series, THE SECRET LIVES OF TEACHERS and ALIENS STOLE MY UNDERPANTS. I WISH I COULD DINE WITH A PORCUPINE is a collection of his own poems, and he has written a wide range of educational books for children. He lives with his wife and two daughters in East Sussex.

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