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Against an urban backdrop, poet and playwright Benjamin Zephaniah explains the meaning of living poetry and how he fell in love with words. He explores the way poetry can be used as a voice to make a political point. The clip ends with Zephaniah reading his poem 'Nature's Politics'.
This clip is from:
The Poetry of the Environment
First broadcast:
23 June 1995

Classroom Ideas

Useful as an introduction to other poems that are used as polemic. Students could gather an anthology of these poems (eg Gillian Clarke's 'Neighbours') and explore them for similarities (eg strong sense of voice or rhythm). How are they different from a speech?

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