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An artist, Tam Joseph, paints a picture of a group of parrots flying in a forest, as a backdrop to the reading by the writer, Grace Nichols, of the poem 'I'm a Parrot'. This describes the frustration of a parrot which is shut in a cage when it would prefer to be in its natural environment.
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18 February 1992

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to discuss the language and patterns used in the poem and why 'angry' words are used. This might lead to debate and discussion writing about whether it is fair to cage animals or keep them as pets. The same theme could also be used in persuasive letter writing.

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