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D. H. Lawrence.
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D. H. Lawrence became a qualified teacher in 1908; he took up a post at Davidson Road School, Croydon. The school had some very poor boys and it was not to be an easy introduction for the young schoolmaster. However, he was dedicated and innovative. For example, he encouraged the boys to act out 'The Tempest', rather than sitting at their desks reading it.
The poem "The Best of School" was wrote through the eyes of a teacherIt is an optimistic vision of young boys learning in the classroom. "Last Lesson of the Afternoon" it was written through the eyes of a teacher but it shows a more negative approach by the students and the teacher.
The poems both have a different layout, "The Best of School" has a more irregular pattern, sentences are of varying lengths and each stanza is of different length. The layout for "Last Lesson of the Afternoon" is much more regular, the sentences are of regular length and the stanzas are the same size. In addition, in "Last Lesson of the Afternoon", the sentences show enjambment.
"Last Lesson of the Afternoon" opens with the line,
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