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CLIP 6843

Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman in the Underground'

Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman in the Underground'

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Key Info
  • Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman in the Underground'
  • Duration: 01:50
  • An illustrated reading of Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941' The film begins and ends with animation based on British artist Henry Moore's black and white drawings from the war. Between these sections, sensitively drawn images and simple animation depict the rest of the poem.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: Late 20th Century and Contemporary

  • Keywords: women, war, underground, blitz, lost memory, Henry Moore, Carol Ann Duffy, animation
Ideas for use in class
  • The clip makes a good introduction to the poem. It could be used in conjunction with the poet's own reading of it, which is also available on Class Clips. Which version do students prefer? Does the visual interpretationadd or detract from the poem? Which other poems might benefit from a similar visual treatment? Having looked at Moore's drawings, students could attempt some writing of their own.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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