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CLIP 1310

Michele Roberts - 'Middle Class Hero' (poem only)

Michele Roberts - 'Middle Class Hero' (poem only)
Key Info
  • Michele Roberts - 'Middle Class Hero' (poem only)
  • Duration: 01:33
  • Michele Roberts describes her side of her relationship with her boyfriend through her poem, 'Middle Class Hero'. The reading of the poem is illustrated with views of her boyfriend fixing his motorbike as Michele looks on, which reinforces the theme of the poem. A biker picks up his girlfriend. She has obviously made a special effort with her appearance. He takes her back to his room, where he proceeds to ignore her and spends time working on motorbike parts.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: Late 20th Century and Contemporary

  • Keywords: Middle Class Hero, Michele Roberts, poem, motorbike, relationship, dramatisation
Ideas for use in class
  • This could suggest contexts for other poems being studied. Analyse the clip itself – how much does this dramatisation reinforce the theme of the poem? Is it a fair interpretation?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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