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Carol Ann Duffy explains how she was invited by the Tate Gallery to select an artwork to write a poem around. She selected a Henry Moore sketch of a woman sheltering on the London Underground during a Second World War bombing raid. The picture helped her to imagine what it would have been like to endure the traumas of war and violence. This is followed by a reading of the poem by the poet.
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16 October 2009

Classroom Ideas

Before playing the clip, students could be shown an image of the original Henry Moore sketch and asked about the woman depicted. What are their ideas about her situation and character? After watching the clip, students can compare their thoughts with Carol Ann Duffy's ideas. The class could discuss the repeated use of negative language - 'no', 'nowhere', 'nothing' - in the poem. There are possible cross curricular links with English, Art and History.

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