Working with drafts of Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est”

Contributed by Rachel Yarrow, Abingdon School, Oxfordshire

This is an exercise that encourages students to think about the creative process, editing and the development of a text. It requires them to think about changes made and reasons for these changes, and at the same time prompts them to think about the conditions of gas warfare that Owen writes about. Depending on┬ápupils’ ability, this will work for year 9 or potentially year 8. The worksheet includes images of the drafts, courtesy of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive.

Dulce et Decorum drafts lesson