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Remembrance Day Poetry

Pupils in Key Stage 3 commemorated Remembrance Day last week by exploring war poetry, converting the powerful words of poet Margaret Postgate Cole’s ‘The Falling Leaves’ into their own shape poem.

“Today, as I rode by,
I saw the brown leaves dropping from their tree
In a still afternoon,
When no wind whirled them whistling to the sky,
But thickly, silently,
They fell, like snowflakes wiping out the noon;
And wandered slowly thence
For thinking of a gallant multitude
Which now all withering lay,
Slain by no wind of age or pestilence,
But in their beauty strewed
Like snowflakes falling on the Flemish clay.”
Margaret Postgate Cole, November 1915