London by William Blake - teaching resource

London by William Blake Teaching Resources

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This two-lesson mini-unit covers William Blake's 'London' in detail. Designed for GCSE pupils studying AQA Power and Conflict poetry or the WJEC/Eduqas anthology, this resource explores the poem in depth and explains how to compare it to other poems from the anthology. The resource is made up of a 51-slide editable PowerPoint presentation and 3 accompanying worksheets.

The lessons contain the following:

Lesson One

Context – A brief outline of William Blake, Romanticism and the social and historical context of the late 1700s.

First Reading – A reading of ‘London’ with glossary and discussion/comprehension questions - answers included.

Language and imagery – Analysing 'London' in detail. Exploring key imagery and answering questions that delve deeper. Model answers provided.

Essay Writing – An essay question to assess initial understanding. An example answer is included.

Lesson Two

Themes – Exploring the themes of 'London' – the misuse of power, poverty, class, social injustice, capitalism, freedom.

Structure and Form – How Blake uses form, structure, rhythm and rhyme.

The GCSE Exam – Comparing ‘London’ with ‘The Prelude’ and ‘Checking Out Me History’.


This is a comprehensive resource containing a range of activities, however it can also be edited, personalised and differentiated to suit your teaching needs.

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