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CLIP 13454

Simon Armitage on his poem Harmonium

Simon Armitage on his poem Harmonium

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Key Info
  • Simon Armitage on his poem Harmonium
  • Duration: 05:00
  • Simon Armitage explores and explains the themes, ideas, feelings and attitudes behind Harmonium, and considers the language, structure and form of the poem linked to its central ideas. His reading of the poem is combined with shots and views of Marsden, Armitage’s home town and the ‘location’ for Harmonium, alongside an explanation and analysis of some key words and phrases. These are illustrated with a series of visual images designed to aid a deeper appreciation of the symbolism inherent in the poem.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: Late 20th Century and Contemporary

  • Keywords: Armitage, poetry, Harmonium, literature, elegy, elegiac, elegies, church choir, SimonArmitageWritingPoems
Ideas for use in class
  • To help students develop their interpretation of the poem. As a general introduction to the themes and ideas of the poem. To illustrate some of the key images and visual aspects of the poem. As stimulus for discussion of the language, structure and form of the poem. For independent study and / or revision. Can be used in conjunction with 13451, 13452, 13453, 13455, 13456
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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