'A Vision' by Simon Armitage (analysis)

Simon Armitage explores and explains the themes, ideas, feelings and attitudes behind 'A Vision' and considers the language, structure and form of the poem linked to its central ideas. He demonstrates the original stimulus for the poem with a visit to the town planning department, demonstrating the effect that this visit had on his imagination as a child. This is then contextualised with shots of a landfill site, used to demonstrate the theme of how the passing of time affects our sense of optimism for the future. His reading of the poem is combined with an explanation and analysis of some key words and phrases, illustrated with a series of visual images.

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