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CLIP 6839

Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941'

Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941'

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Key Info
  • Carol Ann Duffy - 'Woman Seated in the Underground, 1941'
  • Duration: 02:34
  • Carol Ann Duffy explains how she was invited by the Tate Gallery to select an artwork to write a poem around. She selected a Henry Moore sketch of a woman sheltering on the London Underground during a Second World War bombing raid. The picture helped her to imagine what it would have been like to endure the traumas of war and violence. This is followed by a reading of the poem by the poet.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: Late 20th Century and Contemporary

  • Keywords: scottish, poetry, Carol Ann Duffy, laureate, Second World War, WWII, World War II, blitz, English
Ideas for use in class
  • Before playing the clip, students could be shown an image of the original Henry Moore sketch and asked about the woman depicted. What are their ideas about her situation and character? After watching the clip, students can compare their thoughts with Carol Ann Duffy's ideas. The class could discuss the repeated use of negative language, 'no', 'nowhere', 'nothing' in the poem. The clip has possible cross curricular links between English, Art and History.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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