As many teachers will testify, it can be difficult to get a class to focus on listening. No wonder the Government has made "listening skills" a national priority.
But when it's a poem you're listening to, pictures can be a distraction. Poetry calls for a special, intense kind of listening, and when you're listening like this you make your own pictures in your imagination, and the beauty of them is that they are different from the pictures in your friend's head even though you?re sitting together and listening to the same words.
We could have provided all sorts of images and illustrations to go with the poems on the Archive. We make no apology for our decision not to do this. We offer the most relevant visual information: the text of the poem, some background information, a photograph of the poet. If you or your pupils want to look at other context material, we know you'll track down suitable images elsewhere on the internet. But our mission is to get you listening.