Y9 Homework – This Is No Case of Petty Right and Wrong

Framework for Poetry Notes

Attached is the form that I want you to use to analyse “This Is No Case of Petty Right and Wrong” – click on the title above for the Word document. Things to remember after the break…

I want a paragraph in each of the sections – this is essentially an essay, but I am giving you a nice, neat framework to help you out.

Put a quotation in each section to support your argument.

Use full sentences- I do not want bullet points

Following our work in the lesson, bear in mind our discussions on the ambiguity of patriotism. We started to discuss this at the beginning of the week, but it is this issue that I want you to think about when writing your essay.

This Is No Case of Petty Right or Wrong


This is no case of petty right or wrong

That politicians or philosophers

Can judge. I hate not Germans, nor grow hot

With love of Englishmen, to please newspapers.

Beside my hate for one fat patriot 

My hatred of the Kaiser is love true:–

A kind of god he is, banging a gong.

But I have not to choose between the two,

Or between justice and injustice. Dinned

With war and argument I read no more

Than in the storm smoking along the wind

Athwart the wood. Two witches’ cauldrons roar.

From one the weather shall rise clear and gay;

Out of the other an England beautiful

And like her mother that died yesterday.


Little I know or care if, being dull,

I shall miss something that historians

Can rake out of the ashes when perchance

The phoenix broods serene above their ken.

But with the best and meanest Englishmen

I am one in crying, God save England, lest

We lose what never slaves and cattle blessed.

The ages made her that made us from dust:

She is all we know and live by, and we trust

She is good and must endure, loving her so:

And as we love ourselves we hate our foe.


Edward Thomas


~ by mrprestney on October 12, 2008.

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