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Poet Brian Patten reads his poem 'A Boat in the Snow' to a group of children.
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First broadcast:
26 April 2007

Classroom Ideas

This reading could be used to explore the imagery in the poem with pupils. Discuss their meaning and the images that the poet is attempting to create in the mind of the reader or listener. Other Brian Patten poems could be shared with pupils. Are there similarities or recurring themes in his poems? Share pupils' responses to poems by Brian Patten. Pupils could research the poems of Brian Patten independently and present their findings about their own favourite Brian Patten poem and the poetic devices he uses in it. Pupils could produce their own poems about a boat in the Arctic. Work collaboratively to develop imagery for the piece.