Newsreel footage of trench warfare and a vivid commentary help to provide students with a smattering of context for the verse they are being fed; while dramatic scenes have actors impersonating officer-poets and nurses.
The poems themselves are read over scenes of bards in trenches or propped up in hospital beds. The only flaw is that we don't see the poems as we hear them - poetry is about form as well as content, and matters of structure are lost.
There is one particularly effective dramatisation of Wilfrid Owen's "Strange Meeting" ("I am the enemy you killed, my friend..."), which vindicates the entire project even to this Luddite. Programmes later in this English File series include "Poetry of Love" (hosted by Lily Savage), and "Poetry of the Environment" (yeah, all right, it is a bit ecchy).
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