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Seamus Heaney - 'Mid Term Break'
John Hegley bookends a dramatisation of Seamus Heaney's poem 'Mid Term Break'. He provides biographical detail, prior to the reading, and then recounts the story that lies behind the memory. Catherine Byron explores the finality of the poem.
The sense of voice is strong in this clip. Before watching, ask students to explore what they understand by the term 'voice' on a text. What creates voice? Is the narrator's voice different from authorial voice?
Now show students only the dramatisation of 'Mid Term Break'. What do they learn about the voice in the poem?
Now show students the rest of the clip. What can they add to their understanding of the voice now? Is the poet's voice the same voice as that in the poem?
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