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CLIP 12314

A young boy performs at a poetry recital

A young boy performs at a poetry recital

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Key Info
  • A young boy performs at a poetry recital
  • Duration: 04:32
  • Yasdan, a young boy who was born in Iran and did not start learning English until he was four, is shown reciting 'Macavity the Mystery Cat' by T. S. Eliot, on stage in front of a large audience. He performs the poem with a great deal of expression. We see him performing the poem at a party, and at home having a piano lesson. His father talks about how the family came to live in the village, and how Yasdan is the only Iranian child there. Finally, we see him winning a recital competition and being presented with a trophy by a panel of famous poets. First broadcast as part of the Off By Heart season.
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  • Keywords: Recital, poetry, competition, laureate, performance poetry, T.S. Eliot, Macavity, Mystery Cat
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used to demonstrate an effective poetry recital. In a discussion about poetry and recitals, or about the work of TS Eliot. Can be usefully used in conjunction with 12312, 12305, 12307 and 12313
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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