First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Resources for Students: Key Stage 4

In this area you can find First World War materials to help you study and revise English and History key stage 4 (14-16 years).


An Introduction to WW1 Poetry

Photograph of Wilfred Owen, War Poet

An introduction to First World War poetry based around the theme of 'injury.'

Isaac Rosenberg's 'Break of Day in the Trenches'

Photograph of Issac Rosenberg

This tutorial is on the poet Isaac Rosenberg, and is based around his poem 'Break of Day in the Trenches'. It is recommended that the tutorial 'Introduction to WWI Poetry' (above) is studied first as this will help put Rosenberg into perspective with his contemporaries.

Wilfred Owen and Realism

Photograph of Wilfred Owen

By looking at visual and other evidence, in the archives, it aims to raise the issue of realism in Owen's verse. The pathway ends by asking you to write an essay on Owen and realism.


Propaganda and Censorship

Image of propaganda poster

Britain and the First World War, Propaganda and Censorship. Suitable for AQA History B Paper 1.

Trench Life

Photograph of the trenches

A brief guide to life and conditions in the trenches on the Western Front.

Trench Warfare

Photograph of the trenches

A short video made by the First World War Poetry Digital Archive taking viewers through some of the features associated with trench warfare on the Western Front during World War One.