A short extract from a section of David Jones’ ‘In Parenthesis’ in which the deaths of a number of soldiers are described. The reading is accompanied by eerie music and sound effects and illustrated through the use of animated images. Contains scenes which some viewers may find disturbing. Teacher review recommended prior to use in class.
This clip is a good starter activity to exploring how the juxtaposition of language in different registers creates additional meaning. Students could watch the clip, read printed versions of the extract and watch the clip again. Ask students to identify the conversational phrases and explore how this contrasts with other phrases in the poem.