'The Right Word' by Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker describes the process of writing her poem 'The Right Word'. Her commentary is illustrated with footage of urban scenes and her own performance of extracts from the poem.

Teaching English Literature?

This film can be used to explore the power of language to influence identity. Students can be given a variety of images of different people taken from magazines and newspapers. Each pair receives an image and one partner composes a few lines of poetry portraying the subject in a sympathetic way e.g. a picture of a young unkempt teenager is described as a homeless runaway fleeing an abusive home life. The partner then writes about the image in a very negative way e.g. describing the teenager as a criminal or a waster of opportunity. What conclusions about the power of 'The Right Word' can students draw?

This film will be relevant for teaching English Literature. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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