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CLIP 6957

Andrew Motion on being Poet Laureate

Andrew Motion on being Poet Laureate
Key Info
  • Andrew Motion on being Poet Laureate
  • Duration: 04:23
  • Andrew Motion talks about the highs and lows of being the Poet Laureate and the subjects he has written about including the Royal Family. Motion explains that the poem he is most proud of is about First World War veteran Harry Patch. He offers some advice for his successor and reads a poem from his new collection. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 9 April 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Significant Authors and Poets

  • Keywords: writing, reciting, creativity, imagination, significant authors, poet laureate, news, poetry
Ideas for use in class
  • Use this short clip as a resource for learning more about poets and the role of being the Poet Laureate. Pupils could devise questions to ask Andrew Motion and work in groups to explore language structures, style and themes of a selection of his poems, especially about the Royal Family. Pupils could rehearse poems using drama techniques before selecting and practising stanzas for the choral performance. Pupils could discuss what they think the Poet Laureate should write about in society today.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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