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Actor Jonathan Kemp performs 'The Visitor' by Ian Serraillier, a literal rhyming poem that incorporates elements of horror and the supernatural as the visitor comes to reclaim a ring.
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First broadcast:
5 February 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip is useful as part of a study of narrative poetry. Get the children to watch the clip and listen to the poem. Ask the children to imagine that the poem ends when the man places the ring on his wife’s finger and get them to imagine what could happen next and discuss this with their partner and the whole class. Working in pairs or small groups, the children can create a freeze frame of the moment the ring is placed on the wife’s finger and upon an agreed signal, launch into action, improvising what they think may happen next. These improvisations can then be used as a plan for writing an alternative ending to the poem using the original structure.